Keeping wickets in the longer format is a gruesome task and when you happen to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni it surely does adds some extra pressure. In a candid interaction with PTI on the eve of Bengal’s Ranji Trophy encounter against Delhi, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha stated that it is hard to fill in Dhoni’s boots and in an honest evaluation placed himself several rungs below the former test skipper.
“It’s not easy to come out of MS Dhoni’s shadows considering his achievements. I have played only few Test matches and I need to play a lot more in order to make a mark of my own. If you ask me MS is 9/10 and I’m 2.5/10 because of his achievements across both formats. He has played some fine Test knocks and is still one of the finest in ODI cricket,” said the keeper. Saha admitted that he is under illusion regarding his Test spot and knows he can lose that to Madhya Pradesh stumper Naman Ojha who was flown in as replacement for the final Test in Colombo after Saha was injured.
As skipper Virat Kohli has preferred to go into Test matches with five bowlers, Saha’s contribution with the bat becomes all the more important. “I don’t think I have problems with batting at no.6. I have batted against second new ball and also with the tail. I am comfortable batting at no.6,” said the Bengal keeper. When asked, Saha seemed confident about the upcoming South African series and facing the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. He further stated that he has been taking throwdowns and has emphasized on tackling rising deliveries and feels confident about facing the pace duo.