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Saturday , November 10 , 2012
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‘Focus is on a sizeable total’

Calcutta: Following up with a lacklustre show after an impressive start is one aspect that has plagued Bengal in the recent past in Ranji Trophy.

The pattern appeared to continue in the current season as well, as Bengal in their second outing were on the back foot against Punjab.

On the greenish Mohali wicket, Bengal were reduced to 118 for five after being put in by the hosts. As of now, though, the initial stutter has been survived. And the man to lead to from the front is none other than Wriddhiman Saha.

The wicket-keeper-batsman produced another fine knock on Friday. The crucial 124-run partnership with Laxmi Ratan Shukla (62) for the sixth wicket took Bengal to a respectable 280/7 at stumps on Day One.

His contribution not just pulled Bengal out of the woods, but also helped establish the diminutive wicket-keeper-batsman as one of the pillars of Bengal’s batting line-up.

Besides, the runs he has scored so far against Punjab haven’t come on any belter. Rather, Saha earned those runs on a pitch that offered a fair bit of lateral movement . But given his candid ways of dealing with things, Saha takes this performance as “just one of those good ones.”

“Punjab pacers made good use of the pitch which assisted them, that’s it… It wasn’t anything special. And as far as I'm concerned, it’s all about treating the deliveries as per their merit.

“I had a pretty simple approach and played accordingly,” the 28-year-old said from Chandigarh.

Saha feels one shouldn’t go overboard with the Punjab attack even though they were instrumental in inflicting an innings defeat on Hyderabad in their opening game.

“You can’t say the Punjab attack is stronger than that of Rajasthan or vice versa… Neither of these teams have any India player at the moment and therefore, one may well that they are pretty much the same,” he retorted.