Calcutta: Wriddhiman Saha’s wicket-keeping skills have never been questioned. It was his batting where he needed improvement.
But in the last couple of seasons, Wriddhi has evolved as a much better batsman. Not only in the domestic circuit, the player from Bengal is also doing it right internationally. Representing India A, his dogged performances in South Africa recently have proved that.
The runs were scored in the presence of national selector Vikram Rathod, so it’s obvious that Wriddhi is now on a much better platform to vie for a place in the national team. But the man himself is least bothered about such things.
“I’m not too concerned about whether this innings provided me with a stronger platform or notů Rather, my long stay at the crease in difficult circumstances pleased me more,” he said while recollecting his unbeaten 77 in the second four-day match in Pretoria.
“When I went into bat, we were already five down for just 18 runs. From thereon, (Ajinkya) Rahane and myself stitched a 160-run partnership in conditions not very conducive to batting. Their bowlers, Beuran Hendricks and Kyle Abbott, were getting a fair amount of reverse swing, which made our task further difficult. Inputs from Duncan Fletcher, who was present till the second day of the contest in Pretoria, also came in handy. “He doesn’t want us to tinker with our style of play. All he advises on is playing according to the demands of the situation.”