India’s wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha feels that Rishabh Pant deserves to be India’s first choice keeper after the way he has played in the recent past. Saha also believes that injuries are a part and parcel of the game and he is fortunate enough to be India’s first first choice keeper during the 2014-18 era.
Wriddhiman Saha made his Test debut in 2010, but had to benched thereafter as MS Dhoni was India’s premier wicket-keeper. Following this, after the retirement of MS Dhoni in 2014, Wriddhiman Saha emerged as the designated keeper and he was a regular for the next four years. However, an injury ruled him out of cricket and that’s when Rishabh Pant made his mark and has never looked back since then.
During an interview with CricTracker, Saha said that he doesn’t feel unlucky that his career coincided with MS Dhoni. In fact, he feels privileged to be a regular in the side for four years.
Rishabh got a century in England and then against Australia
“Not really. I believe in giving performances and completely trusting the management. Whoever performs will get the chances. I have always believed that a team needs to get the combination right and, in that process, some will miss out too. But the aim is to make the team win and it does not matter who sits out as long as that happens,” Saha said as quoted by CricTracker.
He also spoke about Rishabh Pant and his journey to becoming India’s premier keeper batsman. “The longest I was out after picking an injury was the one of my shoulder in 2018. I faced some hamstring niggles too, but that only takes 2-3 weeks (to heal). But the shoulder injury took a long time. It was before the England series. That is when DK and Rishabh (Pant) came in,” he said.
“Rishabh played well after that, got a century in England and then against Australia and he helped the team in overseas conditions. From there on, I had to wa it to get inside. But that’s the nature of any sport: you play when you perform. Injuries are a part of the journey and comebacks are always difficult,” he added.