Wriddhiman Saha was India’s first choice wicket-keeper batsman in Test cricket from 2014 to 2018. Although he has been a part of India’s red ball squad for the entirety of the previous decade and this year as well, Saha had his time only in that five-year window. Now, at 36 years old, the prospects of him playing another Test for India unless Rishabh Pant gets injured looks extremely slim.
Before 2014, it was Indian captain MS Dhoni who was the first choice wicketkeeper, but the sudden retirement opened the doors for Wriddhiman Saha. The Bengal player took the opportunity with both hands and played some crucial knocks for his side while also staying assured with the gloves. Now, ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) final, he opened up about getting an opportunity to play a Test for India again.
Wriddhiman Saha on not being able to hold on to the tag of being India’s first choice keeper
Wriddhiman Saha spoke to Crictracker about Rishabh Pant displacing him as India’s preferred keeper in the Test format and said, “I have come to terms with it. [In] the initial part of my career, I was always the second-choice keeper. Injuries are unavoidable and when one player goes out, it is a chance for someone else. Rishabh has been delivering extremely well for the team, but I had my time. The four years from 2014 to 2018, I was the first-choice keeper. Now, it is Rishabh. Whatever the management decides, I know it will be for the benefit of the team.”
Speaking further about Pant, Saha said, “The more he plays, the better he will become. Playing continuously has helped him in getting that confidence and momentum. In his initial days, he used to make mistakes, but he has worked hard and has improved immensely. He is only going to get better with time.“
Speaking about the next goal, “Now the focus is on the upcoming tour. We will be travelling to Mumbai and join the team bubble. There are a lot of restrictions, but we will practice and train in the gyms at the hotel because no one will be allowed to go outside. The first few days, in fact, we cannot even leave our hotel rooms. Even after going to England, there will be more quarantine,” Saha signed off.