In-form batsman ready to replace injured Wriddhiman Saha for the wicket-keeping role
With India scheduled to take on Afghanistan in their debut Test match starting from June 14th, BCCI is yet to name a replacement for the injured Saha.
Published - Jun 2, 2018 1:29 pm | Updated - Jun 2, 2018 1:29 pm
Indian Test wicket-keeper, Wridhiman Saha isn’t sure of his participation in the one-off Test match against Afghanistan. He has injured his thumb playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad during the second qualifier of the IPL. The wicket-keeping batsman missed out on the final with the injury. With India scheduled to take on Afghanistan in their debut Test match starting from June 14th, BCCI is yet to name a replacement for the injured Saha.
On the other hand, the young sensational batsman, KL Rahul seems to be ready to take over the Keeping responsibilities. The opening batsman who is also a wicket-keeper said he is ready to wear the gloves if the team demands. Rahul has been in incredible form with the bat throughout the IPL. With Saha being the only full-time keeper in the squad, Lokesh Rahul who keeps in limited overs might be given a chance.
Will take up the role if the team demands, says Rahul
“I am always open to the challenge of dual responsibility. I have been training hard and will take up the role if the team demands the same. This wasn’t the first time that I took on a dual responsibility. I knew it will be hard on the body, as I don’t keep regularly through the year but that’s what you do seeing the demand of the team. I took it up as a challenge and worked on keeping. It’s a team sport and you have to be ready to take up the role that the team wants,” the Karnataka batsman said as quoted by News 18.
However, with KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik’s decent performance with both the gloves and the bat, he might be named as Saha’s replacement. As indicated by sources close to the selection committee, MSK Prasad and Co are taking a gander at the England visit, where Karthik could make the cut in the longest format moreover. Karthik has had a decent time playing in England. He scored three half-centuries while playing in England way back in 2007.