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Wriddhiman Saha says he can bat in any position

It was heartening to see the 32-year-old occupying the field for the whole duration despite the scorching heat in Kolkata.

Wriddhiman Saha of Kings XI Punjab
Wriddhiman Saha of Kings XI Punjab. (Photo: IANS)

After a hectic month and a half long IPL for Wriddhiman Saha, the Bengal lad was back in action for the CAB 1st division derby between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. He wasn’t at his usual wicket keeping position and was seen fielding in the point region at the Jadavpur University campus Ground in Saltlake.

It was heartening to see the 32-year-old occupying the field for the whole duration despite the scorching heat in Kolkata which went beyond 39 degrees in the day time. His other team members were seen taking breaks for 3 4 times but the Indian Test wicket-keeper were there in the field for the whole length of the game.

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“Truly it is extremely difficult for anybody to play in this tremendous hot weather. But I always love to field and in any position,” Saha told reporters after the end of the day’s play. He further added that the confidence he got after opening for the Kings XI Punjab now makes him feel that he can bat any position from 1 to 10.

Can bat in any position

“I also can now bat in any position, from number one of number nine. Even in any match in a foreign country where pitches are fast and bouncy, I will not mind if I am asked to start the innings as an opener.” He added that the innings of 93 of 55 balls for the Kings XI Punjab very recently helped him gain confidence.

“The IPL has helped me a lot to gain confidence, especially after my 93 off 55 balls against strong bowling line up of Mumbai Indians. In the shorter format of the game, you will not get time. It has to be ready made. But in a fifty over match and in the Test you will need to settle down with your patience and careful eye on the ball. So I feel it will not be difficult for me to bat as an opener also.”

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