Wriddhiman Saha got the hamstring injury during SRH’s group match against Delhi Capitals.© BCCI / IPL
Senior wicket-keeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha’s saga of picking up injuries continued as he was diagnosed with a hamstring tear that is sure to raise questions about his availability for the upcoming tour of Australia. It will now depend on what BCCI mandarins are called, as physio Nitin Patel’s medical reports have recently come under the scanner due to differing views on the IPL franchises. Saha had stretched his crotch when hitting the Delhi Capitals in the second leg of the IPL, but then played against Mumbai Indians in the 14th and final round, where he must have shed a tear fighting the earlier minus.
“Wriddhiman Saha has a tear in his hamstring,” SRH skipper David Warner confirmed the nature of the injury during Sunday’s qualifying 2 toss against Delhi Capitals.
However, the degree of crack is not yet clear.
Obviously, if Saha has a grade 1 tear, which normally takes four weeks of rest and rehabilitation, he would board the flight to Australia with the first test beginning December 17.
In the event that he has a grade 2 tear, he will not board the flight to Australia as he needs at least two months to recover.
However, with two wicket-keepers already in the roster (Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson), India shouldn’t be looking for another wretch.
To support their punching power, India prefers Pant in overseas conditions and Saha in home conditions where a better goalkeeper becomes a necessity.
During MSK Prasad’s tenure as Chief Selector, Andhra boy Kona Bharat was considered a third red-ball option behind Pant and Saha.
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