Wriddhiman Saha is not ruling Sri Lanka out despite their recent failures
The Sri Lankans will be caught by the No.1 Test side when they are not enjoying a good run in the International arena
Updated - Jul 11, 2017 7:40 pm
Virat Kohli and Co. are set for the 50-day tour of Sri Lanka, which involves 3 tests, 5 ODI’s and 1 T20 and Wriddhiman Saha, in particular, will be confident as they set foot. Once a backup option, and now a regular in the side, the stumper’s journey in International cricket is one to remember.
During his last series in 2015, the Bengal wicket-keeper batsman took his first big step in order to cement his place in the Test side. The following two years saw him making a remarkable transformation, scoring 615 runs in 13 tests at an average of 47.30.
He summed his journey over the last few years by attributing most of the success to his determination and hard work. “Last two years I have gained in a lot of confidence. I am now getting more matches to play which has helped me in my confidence while batting. I feel a lot more confident while batting,” said Saha.
Saha made a noteworthy contribution during the last series in Sri Lanka and helped India to clinch their first Test series in Sri Lanka after 1993. Talking back on that series win in Lanka, Wriddhiman said, “I had a mixed feeling in the series. I got injured after playing the first two Tests. I couldn’t play the third Test. It was my first series win with the team. It would have been nice to stay with the team.”
Saha scored a match-winning 56 runs in the secondTestt match at PSS Oval. He has played only two matches against the opposition and has two half centuries to back his numbers there.
“I got more appreciation after my innings in Colombo in the second test. I scored a half century at the P. Sara Oval. My partnerships with Rohit and Amit Mishra were well appreciated,” said the 32 year old, as reported by xtratime.
On his preparation for the forthcoming series against Sri Lanka, Saha said, “I didn’t have enough opportunities to practice. But definitely have a plan to get some knocking at the indoors for a few days before I leave. I am strictly following the diet chart shared by BCCI,” he added.
The Sri Lankans will be caught by the No.1 Test side when they are not enjoying a good run in the International arena. They were subjected to a 3-2 ODI series defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe. However, they will look to change their fortunes in the Test format and Saha considers the threat of Rangana Herath, their frontline spinner, one to counter cautiously.
“Whatever their recent performances have been in recent times, they are always a tough opponent at home. Herath is a world class bowler. Playing him well will be the key. He has very good armour and bowls stumps to stumps,” Saha concluded.