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MS Dhoni is masterclass, feels Wriddhiman Saha

"Defeating Kolkata Knight Riders gave me pleasure," said Wriddhiman Saha.

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

India’s Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha’s Indian Premier League (IPL) journey this year has ended. His side Kings XI Punjab was knocked out of the tenth edition of the league by Rising Pune Supergiant in the last league game. But Saha has no rest as he will be keeping wickets for Mohun Baga when his team takes on rivals East Bengal at the Bengal derby.

He still repents the loss as he is searching answers that lead to their batting collapse. Kings XI were bowled out for just 73 runs in a do-or-die encounter. After the match, Punjab’s Director of Cricketing Affairs Virender Sehwag bashed the foreign batters including Australian captain Glenn Maxwell.

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“It was not only the last match we were all out for only 73 runs. We also failed to deliver in the previous two matches also. All three matches were equally important.” said Saha on Wednesday. “Our team owner, Preity Zinta had inspired us even after we crashed out of the League. She always says us to deliver from our heart. After the last match, she had the same words for us in the dressing room,” added Wriddhiman.

Dhoni’s career is not finished

He replaced former Indian captain MS Dhoni in the Indian Test team. But Saha feels Dhoni possess the same prowess. “Everybody might have started thinking that ‘finisher’ Dhoni’s career is coming to end. I hope after watching magnificent power hitting by Dhoni in the play-off those people must start changing their thoughts. Dhoni is immensely mature. He knows when the innings should get the acceleration. That is why every time he calculates while batting,” remarked the 32-year-old while talking to One India.

He further went on to call Dhoni “masterclass”. Dhoni is a master class. More importantly, before India starts its campaign in the forthcoming Champions Trophy, Dhoni’s form might have given a huge boost to Virat Kohli.” said Saha.

When asked about the positives he can take out from the tenth edition of the IPL, he said, “The most important gain was my ability to score runs even in the T-Twenty format.”

Saha thanked mentor Sehwag and concluded by saying that defeating KKR gave him utmost pleasure. He said, “I must thank Virender Sehwag as he was the man to have asked me to start the innings. I have another achievement from this IPL that out of only seven matches we have won in this League, defeating Kolkata Knight Riders gave me pleasure.”

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