Wriddhiman Saha hopeful of making the cut for Australia series
"I haven’t been told a ‘no’ yet."
Updated - Oct 11, 2018 2:31 pm
Ever since MS Dhoni hung his boots from Test cricket in India’s Test series against Australia back in 2014, Bengal cricketer Wriddhiman Saha has shouldered the responsibility of the specialist wicketkeeper in whites pretty efficiently. Prior to that, he got limited opportunities as Dhoni was the Indian captain and an indispensable member of the Test team.
However, the current year hasn’t been memorable for the 33-year-old by any stretch of the imagination. He hasn’t played international cricket after India’s tour of South Africa. Thereafter, he missed India’s Test matches against Afghanistan, England, and now the Windies.
There is still a lot of time
To add insult to injury, the veteran may miss out on the tour of Australia as well later this year. Back in August, the Shaktigarh-born cricketer underwent a shoulder surgery in Manchester. In the meantime, Saha is still optimistic about his chances of playing the Australia series.
“There is still a lot of time. The West Indies series has just started. See, I haven’t been told a ‘no’ yet. This is how I would like to think about it. The idea is to get fitter as soon as I can,” Saha was quoted as saying in Sportstar.
During India’s matches in the Rainbow Nation, Saha didn’t play the second Test owing to a hamstring injury and moreover, he complained about a shoulder injury. During a match in the cash-rich IPL, representing Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), he injured his thumb. Thereafter, he underwent rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.
Nevertheless, he recovered from the thumb injury. But his shoulder injury aggravated and since then his career has gone into the doldrums. His last competitive match was against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, a venue where Saha has grown up plying his trade in the sport.