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‘IPL camps are helpful’

Calcutta: During his stint with the star-studded Chennai Super Kings, Wriddhiman Saha could hardly get into the playing XI.

Now, roped in by Kings XI Punjab for the seventh edition of IPL beginning on April 16, the wicket-keeper seems hopeful of playing most of the matches.

“Look, the Kings XI Punjab team doesn’t have anyone specialised in wicket-keeping, while I know I can do that job pretty well. So, being the only recognised ’keeper in the side, I do expect to be part of the playing XI in most of the matches.

“Of course, performance will matter… I’ll have to perform well to ensure I play in every game,” Wriddhiman said after Bengal’s practice session, ahead of their Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy opener against Assam, on Tuesday.

Wriddhiman minced no words in saying that it’s the camps organised by IPL franchises that help cricketers hone their skills, rather than playing in domestic competitions. “These camps (organised by franchises) do help more in honing skills and working on our game because we can practise with players who have shone at the international level.

“I don’t say there is dearth of intensity in our local competitions. But I feel, it’s the presence of these players that keeps the pre-IPL camps a bit ahead,” the 29-year-old said. He added: “We came to know from Kings XI Punjab that they have informed both the BCCI and all state associations about our presence in the camp after the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy’s zonal leg.