Wriddhiman Saha wants to be back in action with the Ranji Trophy

Wriddhiman Saha wants to be back in action with the Ranji Trophy

Saha has completed his rehab after the shoulder surgery.

Wriddhiman Saha gives a thumbs-up after his successful surgery
Wriddhiman Saha gives a thumbs-up after his successful surgery. (Photo Source: Twitter)

2018 has been a drastic year for Wriddhiman Saha. At one point he was the number one wicketkeeper in the country playing a Test series in South Africa from there, it spiralled down to a point where he might as well spend over a year out of international cricket. Saha, who last played the first Test against the Proteas is now hoping to make a comeback to first-class cricket during the ongoing Ranji Trophy season.

Saha hurt his hamstring in South Africa also his shoulder, an injury that was highlighted very late; during the IPL season 11, he also injured his thumb. There was negligence on part of those managing his injury and rehab. He had to undergo a shoulder surgery (posterosuperior labral tear) which has kept him out of action and is likely to play the Ranji games for Bengal in the second half of December.

He has completed the rehab programme following his shoulder surgery in July. Saha in a recent interaction with the reporters said that he is feeling a lot better now and thus eager to get back on the field.

Hoping to be back in action mid-December

“I am feeling much better now. I hope to be back in action by mid-December. I am preparing and training accordingly. Hope my body recovers in time and I’m fit to play (Ranji Trophy). I’ve started net sessions but I am yet to get match-fit,” Saha was quoted as saying during the launch of sports fiction ‘Wiki’.

He is not a part of the Indian Test team for the tour of Australia and it is Rishabh Pant who has the primary responsibility with Parthiv Patel as the back-up. The Bengal cricketer now wants to perform well in domestic cricket and once again knock on the door of the selectors. However, the Indian team is not scheduled to play a Test after the tour of Australia until the end of the World Cup 2019.

“Everyone goes through the same cycle — of performing well at the domestic level. You have to be match-fit there and then wait for selection,” Saha said.

Talking about rehab and how he has kept himself going the wicketkeeper-batsman added, “I always counting on the positives from childhood. Rehab obviously is a boring affair. If you are dedicated, you don’t get bored. Training schedule is same, but it’s about breaking it and keeping yourself motivated.”

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