I have the ability to play in all 3 formats: Wriddhiman Saha

I have the ability to play in all 3 formats: Wriddhiman Saha

Saha's fiercest competitor will be the teenager Rishabh Pant who has really come of ages.

Wriddhiman Saha of Kings XI Punjab
Wriddhiman Saha of Kings XI Punjab. (Photo: IANS)

Bengal lad Wriddhiman Saha has become a household name in the last few years. Ever since the retirement of former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni from Tests, Saha has gone on to fill his big shoes and has become the automatic 1st choice wicket-keeper in the longer version. In the shorter version though he isn’t in the scheme of things but the 32 year feels that he is ready for the shorter version if the selectors pick him.

Saha has only played 9 ODI’s and will look to add some more to his tally before bids adieu. Despite not being a predominantly power-hitter Saha has improved by leaps and bounds and his records are there for everyone to see. The 93 he scored against the Mumbai Indians a few days back was a testimony if what he was capable of. He also remains the only batsman in the history of IPL to smash a century in the final.

“Well, it’s up to the selectors to decide whether they would consider me for the shorter formats or not. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m definitely ready for it. I would certainly love to play in every format. I know I have the ability, and all I need is to keep doing the hard work,” Saha, who will be returning to the city on Wednesday morning,” Saha was quoted as saying by The Telegraph in Kolkata.

Rishabh Pant might spoil Saha’s party

Saha is well aware of the fact that his fierce competitor will be teenager Rishabh Pant who has really come of ages and has the ability to smash any bowlers all round the park. His stroke-making has even made Sachin Tendulkar take notice of him. The Master had said after Pant’s swashbuckling 97 of 43 balls against the Gujarat Lions that it was one of the best knocks he has seen in the history of IPL.

But Saha feels that more than looking what others are doing, he should concentrate on his own game which will be beneficial for him in the long run. “But look, in order to make the national team, you need to perform instead of looking at what others are doing,” Saha said. The wicket-keeper batsman had a relatively modest IPL and felt that he could have done much better than what he did.

Should have done more in IPL: Saha

“I feel I should’ve done more in this IPL. Those runs against Mumbai Indians were satisfying, but getting more runs in the other matches would have satisfied me more,” Saha quipped. Kings XI Director Virender Sehwag had blamed the foreign players for not taking enough responsibility but Saha contradicted the fact and said nobody plays to lose but conceded that Sehwag is entitled to give his opinion. “Obviously, Sehwag is entitled to his own opinion, but nobody plays to lose,” Saha signed off.