Wriddhiman Saha said he doesn’t want to change his playing style based on how Rishabh Pant bangs.© AFP
Rishabh Pant was preferred as the wicket-keeper batsman over Wriddhiman Saha in the last three tests of the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar series. Pant took the opportunity, covering two half centuries – in Sydney and Brisbane – with the second taking India to a historic victory at The Gabba. For Saha, however, seeing Pant marching forward in the pecking order didn’t make it a problem. “I’ve been hearing these comparisons (between him and Pant) since 2018. I believe in my work and I’m not worried about how Pant is hitting,” Saha said.
“That’s why I don’t want to change my game. It’s up to team management to decide who will get behind the stumps,” he says. told The Times of India in a chat.
Saha stressed the need for a specialized wicket-keeper in Test cricket, saying, “There are situations where a missed opportunity can change the outcome of a match. Wicket-keeping is a specialist task, especially in Test cricket.
“I’m not claiming to hold every catch that comes my way, but this is a specialist position and it has to stay that way,” he added.
Saha scored 9 and 4 in the first Test in Adelaide, where India had to face the shame of their lowest Test total of 36 all and lost the match by eight wickets.
Saha expressed confidence in “making the most of every opportunity I get” when India started it on February 5 in Chennai in a four-game test series against England.
England is touring India for four tests, five T20Is and three ODIs in February and March 2021.
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