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Wriddhiman is felicitated

Calcutta: Wriddhiman Saha seems to fall in the category of those who prefer keeping a low profile and not get carried away with success.

That’s the reason he didn’t want to be felicitated despite the wishes of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). His logic was simple: his unbeaten century in the IPL final versus Kolkata Knight Riders couldn’t give Kings XI Punjab the trophy.

On Sunday, he paid a brief visit to the Eden to watch the sub-junior (under-17) final between Durgapur CC and Mainland Sambaran CA and CAB promptly utilised the opportunity to felicitate him for his fine IPL show.

Wriddhiman, however, found himself in an uneasy spot as the final match was halted midway for around 15 minutes as the wicketkeeper-batsman was presented with a bouquet and gold rings. The sub-junior players took a break and shook hands with Wriddhiman, who is in the Indian teams for the tours to Bangladesh and England.

“Obviously, it’s a good feeling when your home association recognises your efforts and honours you. But being a player myself, I, too, wouldn’t want a match to be stopped midway for the sake of another individual.

“I was told that it (felicitation) was taking place during the drinks break,” Wriddhiman added.

The CAB officials, however, were not available for comments.

Moving on to his upcoming assignments, Wriddhiman said that he has already started with his preparations for the one-day series in Bangladesh. “Apart from Bangladesh, we also have the tour of Englandů So a hectic schedule lies ahead.

“I’ve already started talking with my coach (Jayanta Bhowmick) about my game and approach, and the areas I need to work on further. Bangladesh have a spin-oriented attack, so I have to prepare myself accordingly,” he said.

The advantage for Wriddhiman is that he’s not out of match practice even after the completion of IPL VII. It was only on Saturday when he, representing Mohun Bagan, hit 169 not out in the J.C. Mukherjee semis, against Town Club.