Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2017: Wriddhiman Saha Looking Forward To Open Batting For Bengal
Wriddhiman Saha, in the first four years of his Test career, was in and out of the Indian team. His presence in the squad was subject to an injury to Mahendra Singh Dhoni or whenever the India toured outside sub-continent. Never during the playing days of Dhoni, Saha could find a permanent place in longest format of the game but once Dhoni retired, he became the first choice for selectors.
After Dhoni’s retirement, Saha first missed a Test match for India in 2015, when he was injured during Sri Lanka’s tour, which gave Naman Ojha a chance to fulfil his quest to earn the Test cap. He again got injured during the Test series against England and this time he was replaced by Parthiv Patel, who cashed in on the opportunity but still selectors reiterated that Saha is their first choice.
Now, the 32-year-old batsman is looking to try something new as he is contemplating to open the innings for Bengal in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
“I am not at all thinking about Test now (after the end of Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, Bangladesh will come to India to play one Test). I have set my eyes on the Syed Mushtaq Ali Championship and my aim is to contribute runs as an opener in the championship.”
Bengal will be face Tripura on January 31 in their first game of the T20 tournament a the Eden Gardens followed by a game against Assam at the same venue.
The squad for the one-off Test against Bangladesh will be announced next week and in all likelihood, Saha will retain his spot. But for the first time in past few years, we might see Indian selectors going with two wicket-keepers in a home series due to the fact that Parthiv Patel also performed well in the Test series against England.
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