After Guiding Rest Of India To Irani Cup Title, Wriddhiman Saha Plays Down Competition Talks With Parthiv Patel
The way Parthiv Patel batted during the Test series against England after replacing first-choice wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, the Bengal star needed something special to remind everyone of his abilities and he did exactly that in the recently-concluded Irani Trophy.
Playing against Parthiv Patel-led Gujarat in front of chief selector MSK Prasad, Saha scored his maiden first-class double hundred, also the first by a wicketkeeper in the Irani Cup history, to help Rest of India clinch the title. With the four-match Test series against Australia on the horizon, the knock was the best thing that Saha would have wanted.
However, the 32-year-old, who has replaced Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the number one wicket-keeper in Tests, has insisted he is not competing against Parthiv Patel and is only trying to give his best on every opportunity.
Speaking to India Today, he said:
“Everyone tries to do well in their own space. Parthiv and me are both trying to play for India. Ultimately the selectors will decide.”
Replacing Dhoni was never going to be an easy task but Saha has done a commendable job so far. His useful contributions with the bat lower down the order has allowed the team to play five bowlers which has played an integral role in team’s good performance in recent months.
“All the opportunity I get, I try to bat. Runs are vital now. The keeper has to deliver with the tail. Those 100 runs can take the team total from 300 to 400,” he said.
Speaking on the competition with Parthiv, he said: “I haven’t thought that way from childhood. I am not that types at all. If I think that way I will be under more pressure. Whichever match I play I look to focus on that game.”
Well, the team management will have a big headache when they sit down to select the squad for the upcoming Test series but there is no denying the fact that it’ll be a headache that they would like to have. Both Parthiv and Saha are doing really well at the moment and the team will be quite pleased to see the healthy competition.
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