India Test wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who is an ideal choice as a gloveman in the longer format for Virat Kohli-led side, believes former skipper Mahindra Singh Dhoni has still best in him while addressing he should not be asked to retire forcibly while stating it is one’s personal decision to look at. (Read Here: It’s Chaos Everywhere, Missing MS Dhoni?).
“There are ups and downs in everyone’s performance. It’s an individual choice” Saha was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times while speaking about Dhoni’s poor run.
It’s understandable, as Dhoni has gone through a barren patch in limited overs cricket, but his services to the Team India, in general, has set a new high for the competitive side – to bring more glory to the country in the first instance while showing the exuberance on the field.
“It’s also about how much that particular player is contributing. It isn’t as if you play 10 matches, you have to deliver in all 10,” Saha remarked.
The Shaktigarh-born right-handed batsman Saha revealed Dhoni has been his idol while adding the calm and composed character was always optimistic about the things on and off the field.
“We spoke on how different his keeping was with respect to others. Dhoni was always positive, never spoke negative,” Saha added.
Saha further stated he used to follow Dhoni to improve as a batsman in the camp when he was the part of Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings.
“When I was with him at Chennai Super Kings, I used to watch how he prepared, how he kept his cool and spoke to everyone,” Saha said.
Saha, who’s the part of three-match Test series expressed dissatisfaction over his preparations for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, as he revealed the surface is not proving any good owing to the rain in Kolkata, at this time of the year.
“Not really. With the kind of rain we are getting in Kolkata right now turf wickets are hardly proving good for practice,” Saha further said.
However, Saha feels he will get a good amount of practice in the coming days before joining the members of the team – to wrestle it out against Asian counterparts.
While talking about the forthcoming fixtures against South Africa and England, Saha believes India will come up with heads high, as the team has been producing some brilliant results in the recent past, as everybody chipped in to make it count for the team.
“I try to be the same way in the Indian dressing room the way I am with Bengal,” Saha revealed.
While talking about the aggression under the dynamic leadership of Virat Kohli, Saha revealed not much of age difference had made the atmosphere cordial in the dressing room while adding it has been a major boost in terms of the success – to see players backing each other as a competitive unit.
“I guess the change now is that the age difference among the players isn’t much. That’s a plus. We are a unit, support each other and are genuinely happy when a teammate does well,” Saha concluded.
Saha has played 25 Tests to score 1,013 runs at an average of 32.67 which included three hundred and four fifties.