Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha stated that the newly-appointed head coach, Rahul Dravid, has adapted well and continues to bond with the Indian team. Dravid’s first assignment as coach was successful as India clean-swept New Zealand 3-0 in T20Is and 1-0 in the 2-match Test series.
Dravid was brought into the team after Ravi Shastri’s contract ended in November. There are high expectations from the former right-handed batsman, considering his proficiency in dealing with youngsters and having led India for quite a while.
“He has gelled with the team pretty well – things have been the same as they were under the erstwhile management. If anyone has to fine-tune anything, then he is the best guy to discuss it with,” Saha stated about Dravid in an interview with Sportskeeda.
We keepers have to focus on lower-body strength – Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha further spoke about the challenges of wicket-keeping in Tests, claiming that lower-body strength is of primary importance. Prior to each ball, wicket-keepers often need to squat and then react to the delivery from the bowler.
“We keepers have to focus on lower-body strength because lower back, hamstring, upper back, neck, all these things are used throughout the day. Further, there are individual diets and we all religiously maintain that.“
“Everyone knows only if they are fit, they will be able to deliver better in matches. Now that I am home, I’ll obviously have home-cooked food. But if my diet gets awry, I’ll make it up in the gym,” Saha added.
Saha has been named in India’s Test squad for the South Africa tour although he is likely to be the backup option for Rishabh Pant.