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Wriddhiman Saha practicing.
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Wriddhiman Saha Ruled Out Of Third Test vs England, Parthiv Patel Named Replacement

Wriddhiman Saha has been ruled out of the third Test vs Englanbd due to a side strain on his left thigh. Parthiv Patel has been named as his replacement.

“BCCI medical team confirms that India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha developed a strain in his left thigh during the second match of the five-match Paytm Test Series-2016, played against England at Visakhapatnam,” a BCCI media release read.

Parthiv Patel last represented India in 2012 when he played an ODI against Sri Lanka during the Tri-Series game in Brisbane. He was called as a standby for Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the Asia Cup 2016, which was played in Bangladesh. His last appearance in the longest format of the game came way back in 2008 against Sri Lanka at Colombo.

Parthiv led Gujarat to a successful Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign last year, crushing Delhi in the final of the tournament. In the current Ranji Trophy season, he has scored a total of 415 runs in five games which include one century and three half-centuries.

His selection in the team comes as a surprise as selectors neglected rookie Rishabh Pant for him. Pant is the highest run-scorer in current Ranji season with 874 runs to his name so far. It can be said that selectors have decided to go with experience over form.

As of now, Parthiv is in for only one Test but a good performance will surely keep him in the frame for the series (Australia, Bangladesh) to come.

Wriddhiman Saha practicing.
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IND vs ENG 2016, Vizag Test: Wriddhiman Saha Misses Stumping Chance, Ben Stokes Survives

Wriddhiman Saha, who on Friday produced a masterpiece by affecting a no look run-out of Haseeb Hameed, committed a big mistake on Saturday which can cost Indian team quite heavily. Saha missed a stumping chance, giving a lifeline to England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is now playing quite cautiously.

It was the fourth delivery of the 55th over when Ashwin produced a masterpiece to surprise Stokes in the air. A confused and dumbstruck Stokes couldn’t make a contact with the ball and his back foot came out of the crease for few seconds. Wriddhiman Saha failed to grab the ball cleanly and fumbled a chance to get rid of Ben Stokes. He was late in reacting and that gave ample time to Stokes to get back in the crease.

Skipper Virat Kohli was not at all amused by this as once again in this game, he was seen shoving his head in anger.

At present, England were 171/5 with still 284 runs behind India’s total.

Owe My Maiden Test Wicket To Keeper Saha: Jayant Yadav

Visakhapatnam, Nov 18 (IANS) India off-spinner Jayant Yadav heaped praise on wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha for convincing skipper Virat Kohli to use the Decision Review System (DRS) for picking up Moeen Ali’s wicket on the second day of the second Test against England.

Yadav picked up his first international Test wicket with the dismissal of Ali, adjudged leg before wicket (LBW) that was ascertained after a review here on Friday.

“With the review, Wriddhiman Saha did the job of convincing the captain for me. We both thought he was out. Can’t wait to start doing this again tomorrow,” Yadav after the match here.

The Haryana off-spinner became the 286th player to play Test cricket for India as he made his debut against England on Thursday.

Commenting on his debut, Yadav said he dreamt of this day and it feels good to make contributions for the team.

“Thoroughly enjoyed it. Good day’s cricket. Since the time I remember, since I have started playing serious cricket, not in the streets but in an academy, I have dreamt of this day,” said Yadav.

“This dressing room is full of people who make you comfortable. K.L. Rahul, a recent debutant, told me what to expect on debut. It’s good I didn’t do anything yesterday, gave me time to process the emotions and formulate my plans,” he added.

Yadav, who played 42 first-class matches and picked up 117 wickets, contributed crucial 35 runs in the lower order in India’s first innings score of 455 runs and picked up Ali’s wicket later in the day.

Virat Kohli led team India will look to open the account in the Tests against England.
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India’s Predicted XI Against England For Vizag Test

After whitewashing New Zealand 3-0 in the Tests lately, team India’s march was cut short by England as both the sides settled for a draw in the first Test at Rajkot.

Virat Kohli-led India will now be eyeing to put up a much improved performance when both sides will lock horn in the second Test at Visakhapatnam, starting November 17th.

Here’s a look at the predicted playing XI for India in the second Test:

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Keepeer Saha Lauds Dressing Room Atmosphere In Test Team

Kolkata, Nov 2 (IANS) The dressing room in the current Indian Test cricket team is a happy place to be in, India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha said here on Wednesday.

“The dressing room atmosphere with the Indian team is better than what it is here with Bengal and in form of club cricket you can say,” Saha, who played a vital role in India’s 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand, told reporters.

“Like it is very serious here (with the Bengal team), it’s not like that when I am with Team India,” he added.

Asked how accessible is chief coach and leg-spin legend Anil Kumble, Saha said: “He is always willing to guide you. He has a sense of humour and that reflects in the dressing room which is so relaxed.

“We have won two Test series on the trot so everything is goring well as far as (captain) Virat (Kohli) and Anil bhai is concerned.”

Saha said every batsman has his own style of playing and that he likes to spend more time on the crease.

“Every batsman has his own approach. Some score few runs playing a lot of balls and some cannot survive a lot of balls. I like to play a lot of balls when I am batting,” he noted.

On whether sledging will be a factor as England like to do that more often than not to instigate opposition, Saha said, “Well if you react they do it more. That’s the plan. We didn’t sledge against New Zealand. England and Australia like to sledge and we know that.”

Saha refused to name any specific English player India need to guard against. However, he underlined that: “At home, we are the favourites.”

The Bengal stumper was talking on the sidelines of the team meeting Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly after winning two back-to-back Ranji Trophy matches. The Manoj Tiwary led side beat Punjab and the Railways to log 12 points.

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Harbhajan Singh picks his best current wicketkeeper in the world

Following MS Dhoni’s retirement from Tests, there were huge apprehensions over who would fill in the huge void left by the star wicketkeeper. Bengal wicketkeeper, who just like the other wicketkeepers in the country had got very limited chances to play for India, was given the responsibility of wicketkeeper-batsman. And after almost two years after that decision, one can say that Saha has justified the team management’s immense faith in him.

The Bengal wicketkeeper has become a very important part of the new-looking Indian Test team led by the dynamic Virat Kohli. One of the most technically-sound wicketkeepers in the country, Saha’s ability to contribute useful runs with the bat lower down the order has made Kohli rate the wicketkeeper very highly. Saha has scored 684 runs in 18 Tests which includes four half-centuries and one hundred that he scored on the recent tour of West Indies.

Well, it is not only Kohli who rates Saha very highly as Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has called Saha the best wicketkeeper in the world right now. The gloveman was celebrating his 32nd birthday yesterday and the Indian cricket fraternity made sure to wish him.

Well, we cannot expect Virender Sehwag to forget to wish any cricketer on his birthday.

 

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Anil Kumble advises Wriddhiman Saha to rest for two Ranji Trophy matches

Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha will miss Bengal’s opening two Ranji Trophy matches against Uttar Pradesh and Punjab after being advised by India head coach Anil Kumble to take some time off the cricket field.

Ever since Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game, Saha has become a regular in the Indian team. His brilliant performances in the last two Test series against West Indies and New Zealand means he has now cemented his place in the playing eleven.

After impressing one and all by scoring a century on the West Indies tour, the wicketkeeper-batsman proved his worth by scoring two half-centuries in tough situations at Eden Gardens against New Zealand to bag the Man of the Match award.

With a busy schedule ahead, Saha’s fitness will be key to India’s fortunes and head coach Anil Kumble is well aware of that fact.

Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary revealed the news ahead of his team’s opening match against Uttar Pradesh at Jaipur.

 “I have been informed that chief coach Anil Kumble has advised Wriddhiman to take rest after three back-to-back Test matches. He is not expected to play in the first two Ranji Trophy games for Bengal. He has had a lot of workload and with the England Test matches coming up, it is only fair that he gets adequate rest,”  Manoj Tiwary told PTI.

The wicketkeeper-batsman is expected to return to action for Bengal against Railways from October 27-30. That game will act as good match practice ahead of England series. Saha is one of the most important players for the Bengal team but considering the fact that India will play as many as 10 Tests in the coming months,

Saha is one of the most important players for the Bengal team but considering the fact that India will play as many as 10 Tests in the coming months, Bengal will have to learn to live without him.

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Wriddhiman Saha reveals the art of batting with tail-enders!

After the conclusion of the four-match Test series in West Indies, Indian captain Virat Kohli had said that Wriddhiman Saha was one of the biggest positives from the series. The wicketkeeper-batsman has become an important part of the Indian batting lineup with his consistent contributions lower down the order.

He continued his fine display with the bat and played a vital role in helping India defeat New Zealand by 178 runs in the second Test at Eden Gardens to take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match Test series. The Bengal player scored two unbeaten half-centuries in the match and fittingly earned the Man of the Match award.

What makes Saha even more important to the team is the fact that he is making runs with the lower tailenders.Talking to bcci.tv about his strategy to bat with the tailenders, he said: “This is not new to me. I have done this right since I played club cricket. When I bat in that position, I only think about giving an equal opportunity to score to the batsman at the other end. I never feel the need to keep the tail-ender safe from the strike. It is about giving them confidence and making them feel even they can score runs. It helps me and the confidence of the batsman at the other end.” .

“If you look at this Test, I had to play foil to Rohit Sharma who was scoring well at that moment. I might have just scored a 30 or 40 in that partnership with him but I do realise that it is invaluable given the situation of the match. The 50s and 100s do not matter; sometimes even 30s and 40s are precious,” said the wicketkeeper-batsman, referring to his vital stand with Rohit.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has been given the responsibility to fill the huge void left by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and so far he has done a commendable job. With India scheduled to play 11 more Tests at home this season, Saha will have to play a big role in helping his team’s cause.

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Wriddhiman, Rohit, Bhuvneshwar take giant leaps in ICC Test rankings

Dubai, Oct 4 (IANS) India’s Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who set up the team’s thumping 178-run win in the second Test against New Zealand at Kolkata, made rapid strides in their respective International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, which were released here on Tuesday.

Stumper Wriddhiman, who scored half centuries in both the innings of the Test rose 18 spots to be positioned at No.56 in the ICC rankings for batsmen. His teammate Rohit, who rescued India’s second innings with a brilliant 82, gained 14 spots to find himself at the No.38 spot.

In addition, middle order bat Cheteshwar Pujara, who remains the highest scorer so far in the series, also gained a spot to be placed at No.15.

However, opener Murali Vijay slipped five spots to be No.21 after a poor outing in both the Tests against the Kiwis.

Among others, New Zealand’s Luke Ronchi and Tom Latham gained 12 and three places respectively to be placed at No.40 and 33, while B.J. Watling, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson slipped in their rankings.

Australia skipper Steve Smith continues to lead the batsmen’s list followed by England’s Joe Root, who rose one spot to unsettle Williamson.

In the bowler’s list, medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who claimed his maiden five-wicket haul at home to guide India to an emphatic victory in the second Test, gained nine places to be placed at No.26 while his new ball partner Mohammed Shami also rose two spots to occupy the 23rd spot.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also gained one spot to be spotted at No.6 while his spin partner Ravichandran Ashwin slipped one place to find himself at No.3.

New Zealand pacer Matt Henry took giant leaps in the rankings chart gaining 16 spots to be placed at No.61 while his new ball partner Trent Boult exchanged places with his teammate Neil Wagner to take the No.9 and No.10 spots respectively.

South African veteran Dale Steyn continues to lead the bowler’s list with England’s James Anderson exchanging spots with Ashwin at the second and third spots respectively.

Among all-rounders, Jadeja slipped one place to No.4 with Ashwin continuing to lead the chart.

Rank Player Team Points
1 Steve Smith Australia 906
2 Joe Root England 878
3 Kane Williamson New Zealand 870
4 Hashim Amla South Africa 847
5 Younus Khan Pakistan 845
6 Adam Voges Australia 802
6 AB de Villiers South Africa 802
8 David Warner Australia 772
9 Alastair Cook England 770
10 Misbah-ul-Haq Pakistan 764

Other Selected Rankings

11 Ajinkya Rahane India 761
15 Cheteshwar Pujara India 708
16 Ross Taylor New Zealand 692
20 Virat Kohli India 673
21 Murali Vijay India 663
33 Tom Latham New Zealand 583
35 BJ Watling New Zealand 565
38 Rohit Sharma India 531

Bowler’s rankings

Rank Player Team Points
1 Dale Steyn South Africa 878
2 James Anderson England 870
3 Ravichandran Ashwin India 859
4 Stuart Broad England 836
5 Rangana Herath Sri Lanka 831
6 Ravindra Jadeja India 809
7 Yasir Shah Pakistan 806
8 Mitchell Starc Australia 792
9 Trent Boult New Zealand 739
10 Neil Wagner New Zealand 738

Other Selected Rankings

21 Ishant Sharma India 573
23 Mohammed Shami India 570
26 Bhuvneshwar Kumar India 501
61 Matt Henry New Zealand 255

All-rounders

Rank Player Team Points
1 Ravichandran Ashwin India 430
2 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 384
3 Moeen Ali India 292
4 Ravindra Jadeja India 286
5 Mitchell Starc Australia 279
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‘Saha’s performance speaks volumes,’ says his Bengall captain Manoj Tiwary

Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary has praised fellow teammate Wriddhiman Saha for his brilliant knock against New Zealand at Eden gardens as he won the man-of-the-match award for his great knocks in both the innings.

The 31-year old has been in fine form off late as he has managed to score his maiden test century against West Indies last month and has carried the form into the ongoing New Zealand series.

He has scored fifty in both the innings and has remained unbeaten on the each occasion as he scored an impressive 112 runs without getting out in the Eden Gardens Test. After the failure of top order in both the innings, Saha played with the tail as he scored some valuable runs as India won the test quite comprehensively by 178 runs.

“To play such a beautiful innings and stand out from such a star-studded dressing room speaks volumes of Saha’s performance,” Tiwary said.

Manoj Tiwary and Wriddhiman Saha have played many matches together for Bengal team and have been the best players the state has provided the nation since Sourav Ganguly. The Bengal captain has backed Saha to be more successful with Team India as the latter is looking to be a great asset for Virat Kohli in the upcoming games.

”Having played together for so many years, I always had confidence in him. It was just a matter of time that he played a quality knock. To have brought this at his home ground made this doubly special,” he added.

He also confirmed that Saha could be in contention for the second game against Punjab of the Indore test finishes earlier than the scheduled five days. Saha is set to play a major role for Bengal’s Ranji team this season as they look to make a better progress in the tournament.

“Should the Indore Test (October 8-12) finish early, he (Saha) will join the team in Jaipur,” Tiwary has confirmed.