India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha revealed that he was told ahead of the South Africa tour that Rishabh Pant would be preferred. Notable that reported Saha has been told that his days in India’s colours have been over.
Saha played his last test against New Zealand last year in Mumbai as Rishabh Pant was rested for the 2-match series to manage his workload. Saha scored a crucial fifty in the first test match in Kanpur when India were in deep trouble at 103/6.
Wriddhiman Saha played 40 Tests for India
Talking about his ambitions to play for India again, Saha said that even before the New Zealand series many critics thought he is finished but he proved them wrong.
I think even before the Kanpur Test, a lot of people tried to prove that I was finished. After I underwent the surgery in 2018, I was the second wicketkeeper, so I think since then, a lot of people were indicating that my time is up.
“Even though nobody said anything openly, there were enough indications that maybe, they are planning something different,” Saha spoke to Sportstar.
In his 40 test career, Saha scored 1353 runs with an average of 29.41 which included 3 hundreds and 6 fifties. As a wicketkeeper, he also played a part in 104 dismissals.
“Even after playing that knock that in Kanpur, I knew Rishabh Pant will be playing in South Africa because it was clearly announced that I was drafted into the final eleven since Rishabh was on a break. So, it was obvious that he would be the regular wicketkeeper when available. I always knew that,” he added.
He stated that no one spoke to him clearly but there are enough indications to think that his time is up.
“I have played under several head coaches – Gary Kirsten, Duncan Fletcher, Ravi Shastri – but no one ever asked me about any long-term plan. There were no such questions or discussions.
“During the home series against England last year, Kona (K.S. Bharath) was brought in as the reserve. So, does not that indicate that he is in the reckoning? It was obvious that they were bringing him into the squad with a (long-term) plan and allowing him to get used to the set-up,” Saha said.