Wriddiman Saha made his Test debut in the year 2010 and from then, he has been an apprentice to MS Dhoni.
Saha was the part of the team only on foreign tours and made it to the playing XI when Dhoni was injured. Till the day Dhoni retired, Saha was unsure about his place in the side but from past two and a half years, Saha is the permanent wicket-keeper of team India.
He even left past Parthiv Patel, who performed quite well in his absence. Although, Saha has proved that he is the first choice of selectors in Test cricket.
Saha, under Dhoni, has learnt a lot, a glimpse of which we now see on the field but now with each passing day, critics are writing off MS Dhoni for no reason.
From past few months, though we have seen that Dhoni’s game finishing ability has received a dent but the way he batted in the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians, he did not just smash runs but also his critics out of the ground.
Though, Manoj Tiwary held the team’s batting line-up but it was the Dhoni blitz later in the innings that really helped Pune to put up a total of 162 on the board.
Saha, Dhoni’s junior was in all awe of his senior for his superlative effort and praised him for such an innings,
“Everybody might have started thinking that ‘finisher’ Dhoni’s career is coming to end. I hope after watching magnificent power hitting by Dhoni in the Play-off those people must start changing their thoughts. Dhoni is immensely mature. He knows when the innings should get the acceleration. That is why every time he calculates while batting. Dhoni is a master class. More importantly, before India starts its campaign in the forthcoming Champions Trophy, Dhoni’s form might have given a huge boost to Virat Kohli.”
Saha also commented on his team’s poor form in the tournament where KXIP did well in pieces, which at last resulted in them being knocked out of the tournament,
“It was not only the last match we were all out for only 73 runs. We also failed to deliver in the previous two matches also. All three matches were equally important,” he said.
A stage came in the tournament when KXIP needed to win all three of their last league stage games in order to keep hopes of qualifying to the next round alive. They won two games but faltered in the last one against Rising Pune Supergiant and were bundled out for a mere total of 73, to lose the match and a chance of qualifying for the next round.
Preity Zinta, the co-owner of the side, who was seen cheering the franchise all throughout the tournament was also disappointed with the team failing to make it to the playoffs but Saha said Zinta had words of inspiration for the players after the end of journey for KXIP in the league,
“Our team owner, Preity Zinta had inspired us even after we crashed out of the League. She always says us to deliver from our heart. After the last match, she had the same words for us in the dressing room.”
Punjab finished the tournament as the fifth placed team in the points table. They had a good start, as they kicked off their tourney with two back to back wins but four consecutive losses that followed was enough to jeopardise their chances of this team of making it to the next round.