Wriddhiman Saha one of the most committed players I’ve seen in my career, says VVS Laxman
He played the qualifier against the KKR with a broken thumb last year.
Updated - Mar 23, 2019 3:05 pm
India wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha had played his last competitive tournament in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 before going into a long injury break. The Bengal cricketer made his comeback in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament recently and is now all set for the IPL 2019, his next major venture. Saha plays for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) who will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their first match this season.
A veteran of 115 matches in the league, Saha has already earned praises from SRH mentor VVS Laxman ahead of the team’s season opener on Sunday. The diminutive keeper was ruled out of the national side during the tour of South Africa last year because of a shoulder injury and remained sidelined for long.
He had to undergo surgery to recover and meanwhile, the emphatic arrival of Rishabh Pant in the Test arena made his return to the national team uncertain.
“It was great to see Saha back… He has really worked hard on his fitness and showed good rhythm in the practice matches coming on the back of some good performances in the Syed Mushtaq Ali,” Laxman was quoted as saying by Gulf News ahead of the game against the KKR.
Saha playing with a broken thumb in IPL last year impressed Laxman
Wriddhiman Saha played with a broken thumb in the qualifier against his former team KKR last season that the SRH won by 14 runs to reach the final. VVS Laxman still remembers the cricketer’s will power shown in that game.
“I was really impressed with the way Saha played with a broken finger. That is the character Saha has and that is the character we encourage in the Sunrisers team because you want players who are committed to the team and the game. Saha is one the most committed players I have seen in my career,” SRH’s mentor Laxman further added.
Saha seems to be the preferred wicket-keeper for SRH this season and it will be interesting to see at which position he bats.