Wriddhiman Saha, Wicketkeeper Batter of Indian cricket team who especially features in test matches has been in tussle with top brass of BCCI and Some mediapersons over his dropping off from the Test cricket team recently.
Wridhhiman Saha has released a series of WhatsApp Chat Screenshots and other essentials of Major stalwarts in business Including Sourav Ganguly and ambiting Current Head Coach of Team India Rahul Dravid.
As long as I’m here (helming the BCCI), you would be in the team’, that was the WhatsApp message Wriddhiman Saha said he had received from BCCI president Sourav Ganguly after scoring a game-saving 61 not out in the first Test against New Zealand at Kanpur.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was in serious pain, battling a neck injury, which had restricted his ‘keeping time even, as KS Bharat did the job as a substitute. That was late November. Two-and-a-half months down the line, Saha was out of the Indian Test team. He was surprised at the contradiction that chief selector Chetan Sharma’s press conference on Saturday offered vis-à-vis the one-on-one conversation between the two.
“After scoring 61 against New Zealand at Kanpur, Dadi (Ganguly) congratulated me over WhatsApp and mentioned, ‘As long as I’m here (helming the BCCI), you would be in the team’. Such a message from the BCCI president really boosted my confidence. What I’m struggling to understand is that how things have changed so fast,” Saha told.
The exclusion came as no surprise for the Test veteran, who said that he was informed about the committee’s decision to not pick him by coach Rahul Dravid in South Africa itself. In an interview to Sportstar, Saha said, “After the Test against New Zealand, Dada texted me, congratulating me for my innings and boosted my confidence. So, when Rahul bhai called me, I thought maybe he wanted to talk to me about his plans.”
But as we started speaking, Rahul bhai said, ‘I don’t know how to tell you this, but for a while, a few selectors and the team management are thinking of trying a new keeper’. I asked him whether it is because of my age or fitness, but Rahul bhai told me that it is not just because of age or performance. They were looking at younger talents, and since you are not playing in the eleven, we thought of looking at other talents…” Saha claimed.
Saha said he had a similar conversation with the Indian team head coach Rahul Dravid at the end of the South Africa tour. “I think these are collective decisions taken by the top brass.”
Wridhhiman Saha, though, isn’t quitting cricket. He is not playing the Ranji Trophy at the moment, as he needs to spend time with his family; his wife recovering from dengue. But the veteran ‘keeper-batsman is keeping his options open, should Bengal reach the knockouts.
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