Wriddhiman Saha “No Worries” About How Rishabh Pant Is Hitting Says He Keeps Specialist Job

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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.

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“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.

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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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