India wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has returned to India after a successful shoulder injury in Manchester, England.
Saha landed in Kolkata on Thursday after going under the knife. His right hand was heavily strapped from below the elbow after his laberal repair surgery at the Arm Clinic in Manchester.
The Test keeper-batsman also said that the recovery is tough, stating that the period at the sidelines seems more difficult than facing fast bowlers.
Saha will begin his rehabilitation at National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru next month. He will currently take a mandatory three-week rest period.
“It’s very difficult. You cannot move the hand and I have to keep it in one position. It’s more difficult than facing pacers. But this is the only way to go forward and make a comeback. I just have to go by it,” said Saha.
Saha would be wishing that the surgery puts an end to his miseries this year. He has already suffered several setbacks this year and would be desperate to return to action soon.
After he scored 0 and 8 in the first Test of the year, against South Africa, he suffered a hamstring injury. Consequently, he had to return to India midway through the series.
During the Indian Premier League, Saha suffered a thumb injury that kept him out of the tournament’s final as well as the one-off Test against Afghanistan in June.
It was later discovered that Saha was carrying a shoulder injury that ruled him out of contention for the ongoing tour of England.
Saha further said he is hopeful of making it to the team for the tour of Australia towards the end of the year.
The Australia Test series begins in December 6 and Saha is likely to recover by that time.
“It’s still a long way to go for the Australia tour (in December). Let’s see, I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” he said.
“Injuries are part and parcel of a sportsperson’s career. But one should not play with injury. Normally in 55 per cent cases this injury does not recur after it’s healed. It all depends the way I recover and how I recover. I don’t want to fasten it and take my time. I want to go slow so that this does not aggravate,” he added.
As of now, Dinesh Karthik has replaced Saha behind the stumps in England. On the other hand, youngster Rishabh Pant is also in the team as backup.