My job is to do justice to my selection says Wriddhiman Saha
Published - Feb 1, 2017 12:30 pm | Updated - Feb 1, 2017 12:31 pm
Wriddhiman Saha was almost guaranteed a place in the 15-man squad against Bangladesh after his heroics in the Irani Cup. Not that there was a doubt over his selection but as per the norm of the new management he had to prove his fitness in a domestic game before walking back into the team. The chief selector termed him as India’s first-choice keeper.
Despite all that, the Bengal boy was nervous before the team was announced the other day. Wriddhiman was quoted saying to Xtratime, “I was feeling a lot tensed I must admit while the selection meeting was on. But I am feeling a lot more relaxed now. My job now will be to do justice to my selection with my batting and wicket-keeping.”
Saha has been selected ahead of Parthiv Patel who also performed well in Ranji trophy this year. He led the team Gujarat to the title and also scored a century in the final against Mumbai. Saha got injured during the England series which gave the Gujarat lad a chance to make a comeback which he grabbed with both hands.
This Test will be crucial for the 32-year-old Bengali. With Patel also in the reckoning, he will want to do well with the bat as much as behind the stumps with the Border-Gavaskar trophy against Australia round the corner.
The one-off Test against the Bangladeshis will be played in Hyderabad. The whole and sole purpose of this Test is to get the team into Test mode ahead of their first game against the Aussies. Saha, however, said that they are quite used to switching from one format to the other, he said “Nowadays we are used to hopping from one format to the other. What is important is getting some useful match practice.”
When asked about the Test against Bangladesh Saha sounded positive, he said, “They have done well against us in the past in the shorter format. But going by our recent form, I feel India will be favourites against any team at home.”
It will be a boon for some of the players like Abhinav Mukund, who makes a return to the squad after a long layoff. Ajinkya Rahane will also look to capitalize on the given chance as he failed to do well against England.