NEW DELHI, Nov. 14 (Reuters) – Sourav Ganguly, chairman of the Indian Cricket Commission (BCCI), has no doubt wicket keeper Wriddhiman Saha, who is currently treating a double hamstring injury, will be fit for the series of four tests in Australia starting next month.
Saha, technically regarded as the best wicket keeper in India, suffered a hamstring injury in the Indian Premier League and missed the qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates. BCCI said last week that a late appeal would be needed on Saha’s availability for the tour which begins with the first of six short-form internationals on November 27 in Sydney.
“I think people don’t know how BCCI works,” Ganguly told The Week magazine, dismissing criticism of the board’s handling of player injuries.
“The BCCI coaches, the physio and Wriddhi himself know he has two hamstring problems.”
“Wriddhi is going to Australia because it will be fit for testing. It is not one of the shorter formats.”
Rishabh Pant is the other wicket keeper of the Indian test team.
Confusion also reigned over Rohit Sharma’s hamstring injury the opener suffered during the IPL. was initially considered unfit for touring Australia, but continued to perform, leading the Mumbai Indians to their record-breaking fifth IPL title in Dubai.
He was then brought back to the test team.
“Rohit is still 70 percent (in shape),” Ganguly said.
“That’s why he’s still not selected for the ODI and T20 Down Under. He has been added to the test team.”
The series of four tests for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will start with a day-night match in Adelaide from December 17th.
Indian captain Virat Kohli will fail the last three tests and return home to witness the birth of his first child.