Following Wriddhiman Saha’s unfortunate departure from India’s Test squad, the 37-year-old experienced wicketkeeper’s future appears to be surrounded with doubt. After the retirement of MS Dhoni, Saha rose through the ranks to become India’s first-choice wicketkeeper for four years before Rishabh Pant took over.
Saha’s spot in the team was taken over by Pant due to injury worries and poor form, and after the South Africa series, it was clear that his time with the Indian team was coming to an end.
In February, Saha said that he was informed by the team administration, including India head coach Rahul Dravid, that he was no longer a part of the plan. Saha has since won the IPL with Gujarat Titans, despite being embroiled in problems involving a writer and the Bengal cricket team. Saha’s options may be limited now that he’s in his 30s, but the veteran keeper-batter has kept a few doors open for himself in the future.
“Since it has been officially made clear by the Indian team management that I won’t get picked, my main focus will be on domestic cricket – if and when I play – and then of course IPL,” Saha told SportsKeeda.
Hardik Pandya Was Very Good As A Capatain: Wriddhiman Saha
Saha, who was selected by the Titans for 1.9 crores at the IPL mega auction, has found a new lease of life. Saha, who opened the innings for GT, scored 317 runs in 11 matches, including three half-centuries, and became the answer to the team’s opening difficulties. From going unsold on Day 1 to becoming an IPL champion, Saha hailed Hardik for believing in him and praised him for his outstanding leadership skills during his first term as captain of an IPL franchise.
“Whenever you are captain, how the responsibility of the team and the hunger to contribute increase, he has shown exactly that. He was batting at No. 6 or No. 7 in the Mumbai Indians (MI), getting just three-four overs at most, and hence had to start playing shots immediately after coming in.
“But coming here, he had to change his game for batting at No. 4 and ended up scoring almost 500 runs. Add to that his bowling. So, it wasn’t an easy task at all,” Saha pointed out.