Wriddhiman Saha, Rishabh Pant, India, India tour of New Zealand 2020, Tests, Ranji Trophy
Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant (Source: Twitter)
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Wriddhiman Saha has slowly and steadily evolved into India’s second-best wicketkeeper-batsman behind MS Dhoni. He’s got great reflexes, and in recent years, Saha has put in some world-class shifts behind the stumps.

Having said that though, in the recent Test series versus New Zealand, the Indian cricket team decided to include Rishabh Pant in place of Saha, taking cricket fans by a surprise.

After returning from national duty, the 35-year-old lined up for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy final.

Wriddhiman Saha, Rishabh Pant, India, India tour of New Zealand 2020, Ranji Trophy
Rishabh Pant (Source: Twitter)

While he could help his side avoid a defeat, Saha nonetheless played a crucial 64 runs knock off 184 balls.

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During his inning, the right-handed batsman stayed at the crease for around 60 overs and hit 10 fours and one six.

While Saurashtra picked up the Ranji Trophy title, Saha, speaking after the match, opened up on getting dropped against New Zealand in the two-match Test series.

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I keep the team in front and individual choices later: Wriddhiman Saha

Wriddhiman Saha, Rishabh Pant, India, India tour of New Zealand 2020, Ranji Trophy
Wriddhiman Saha (Credits: Twitter)
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When Saha was questioned by the interviewer to reflect back on his feeling after being snubbed against New Zealand, the wicketkeeper-batsman revealed he didn’t know if Pant would start the match.

“Normally, every player gets to know the squad before the match when the batting order is decided. I got to know after going there. It is not tough because you are still part of the team. You have to go by team management decision based on the conditions but yes, inside, you feel that hopefully, you will play since you played the last Test series,” said Saha. 

The veteran was further quizzed if the team management had told Saha that he would keep in India and Pant would don the gloves in away series.

“I haven’t been informed anything personally yet. But I keep the team in front and individual choices later. If team decides Rishabh will play, I will be fine with it as I want the team to win,” said the experienced keeper as quoted by Sportstar.

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