Wriddhiman Saha, on Thursday (May 31), made it pretty clear that he is more than likely to miss India’s one-off Test against Afghanistan owing to a thumb injury. The keeper-batsman injured his right thumb while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL Qualifier 2 against Kolkata Knight Riders on May 25.
He subsequently missed the final of the competition. There were speculations that he might get fit in time for the Test. However, it looks highly unlikely after Saha’s statement.
The BCCI has maintained that Saha suffered a thumb injury but sources have confirmed that it’s a thumb fracture. A final call will be taken by the BCCI medical team in Mumbai after assessing the X-Ray report. Media reports are suggesting that Saha might sit on the sidelines for up to five weeks.
“It’s not in my hands. Personally, I feel I might not get fit in time,” a disappointed Saha told reporters.
“A Mumbai-based doctor who is in touch with me will take a call after examining the X-Ray in a few days,” he added.
Saha also said that he had no idea whether he would have to have to go under the knife, saying: “I don’t know the exact situation. The doctor will decide.”
The BCCI is yet to announce Saha’s replacement. If Saha is unable to regain full fitness, Parthiv Patel or Dinesh Karthik could replace him for the much-anticipated Test. The game holds a very important value as it will be Afghanistan’s first-ever Test. The war-ravaged nation along with Ireland were awarded Test status by the ICC last year.
“I cannot comment on whether I would be taking part in the Afghanistan Test. The BCCI is keeping a track on my injury on a day-to-day basis. It will depend on how I recover and whether I do in time for the one-off Test,” said Saha.
The Bengal star went on to express his disappointment over missing the Test.
“It’s not only about the historic occasion. Missing a game is always disappointing. To me every match is important,” he said.