There is no doubt that Wriddhiman Saha is the first-choice wicket-keeper batsman for India in the longest format. Although, young Rishabh Pant was picked up over him in the Test series against New Zealand, his poor run made a strong point for Wriddhiman Saha to be retained as the first-choice.
Saha has been regularly keeping the gloves for India after MS Dhoni retired in 2014. But due a recent shoulder injury he lost is place to young Rishabh Pant. He has played 37 Tests for India and has been regarded one of the finest keepers for the national team. In these matches, the Bengal cricketer was involved in 92 catches and 11 stumpings from the behind.
Wriddhiman Saha: At times, my father is helping me inside the flat
“Whatever drills possible in the confines of my apartment, I am doing that. So I do a lot of hand-eye coordination drills which are a must for keepers. At times, I am throwing a softball against the wall and catching to get the feel,” Wriddhiman told PTI during an exclusive interaction. “At times, my father (Prashanta Saha) is helping me inside the flat,” he said.
“Look, it’s not that I am not in touch. It’s not that you get completely out of touch during lockdown. Yes, running is the thing that I am not able to do because of lockdown. “So that’s a wait. Now inside our apartment complex, they are allowing us to walk in evenings.”
Saha is unfazed by the competition with Rishabh Pant. The veteran believes in himself and said he is a motivated person since childhood. Saha also said he shares a good bond with Pant, adding they play playstation together. He also clarified it is never the case that he would not speak to Pant because he was not picked up because of him.
Saha has scored 1238 runs in the longest format at an average of 30.19.