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Tuesday , January 21 , 2014
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IPL helped me: Saha

Indore: One isn’t sure if Wriddhiman Saha would like to remember his century on Monday. It was an outstanding innings, but it came on a day when his team were subjected to a 10-wicket defeat.

Saha himself wasn’t over the moon with his knock, even though it was his first century in Ranji Trophy in almost two years. “Yes, I know I scored a century after almost two years… It feels good. But if you ask what significance it holds, I would say that it is just an addition to the list of my hundreds… It is also important because I scored it with mostly tail-enders at the other end. That’s it,” Saha said.

But while he stood rock solid at the crease, his teammates didn’t. What did they lack? “Look, everyone has a different style of batting… So it can’t be generalised.

“We lost some wickets to poor shots today (Monday), but that happens. There are so many young players in the side… They don’t have the experience to thrive under pressure… But they will learn as they play more. Allow them that time,” he explained.

Saha, interestingly, said playing in the IPL has helped him improve his batting.

“The IPL has definitely helped me improve my batting skills. For players who don’t get to play regularly in the national team, the IPL is of huge help because it allows you to play against a variety of international players. Batting against some of the top bowlers in the IPL has definitely helped me fine tune my batting skills. It has improved my batting agility,” he said.

Saha also doesn’t mind losing out on a place in the Indian team to Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “It’s a situation which I can’t help… He is not only the wicket-keeper, he is also the captain of the side… And he has been doing pretty well.

“So I see the wait as a challenge… I am ready to wait till my turn comes. And when it comes, be it in Tests or ODIs, I hope to give my best. That’s my only concern,” Saha said.

Brittle bengal

Bengal’s brittle batting has been their bane this season. The main areas of concern have been: r No fixed opening combination.

Failure to find a solid hand at the crucial No. 3 slot.

Absence of Manoj Tiwary (injured) in the middle-order.

No decent No.7 batsman.

Youngsters like Abhimanyu and Koushik failing to take the pressure.

Lack of big totals.