Wriddhiman Saha blames the Kolkata rains for his lack of match preparation ahead of Sri Lanka series
Saha also stated that India had an incredible home season but he prefers to think about the future.
by Soham Author
Published - Jul 21, 2017 2:19 pm | Updated - Jul 21, 2017 2:19 pm
Indian Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha will be returning to international cricket once again as the team is all set to engage themselves in a full fledged battle with the Sri Lankans. Saha is an integral part of the Test squad that has already travelled to the island nation.
Since the Test series against the Australians at home, which marked the end of a 13 match home season for the Indians, the Bengal boy has been out of any major action. According to the 32-year-old his preparations for the Sri Lanka tour did not go smoothly as he had to practice indoors.
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The Siliguri born batsman pointed out that the rains in Kolkata did not allow him to take the field outside. He also mentioned that he will have to buckle up his gears and work extremely hard now. Saha claimed that Sri Lanka cannot be taken lightly at any cost though their recent form has not been up to the mark.
Speaking to Cricbuzz, Saha said “My preparation for the series took a hit because of the rains in Kolkata. I could only do indoor nets apart from playing in some club matches. So I have to work doubly hard now as we will be playing in an away series after a long time. Despite Sri Lanka’s recent performances, we cannot afford to take them lightly. With nothing to lose, they will be highly motivated to do well against us.”
The lanky wicketkeeper who has now replaced Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Test format claimed that he kept contact with skipper Virat Kohli during his off season and took advice from him. “Yes, we spoke for a bit when he was in the West Indies. He wanted to know about my preparations. I am aware that I have become an important member of the side as Kohli has given me the freedom to alter the field. It is for this reason too that he relies on me and the bowler’s judgment for DRS.” Saha said.
Saha also stated that India had an incredible home season but he prefers to think about the future. According to the cricketer, he is more confident and assured of his place in the side now. “It was a crucial season but then I never felt any pressure. Even when I got injured, I was confident of making a comeback. It was a result of the positive mindset which Kohli has imbibed in the team. But I am not dwelling in the past. All I can say is that I am more assured of my place in the Test side now.” concluded Saha.