IPL 2018
Wriddhiman Saha is ready to bat at any position for SRH
By Sandy - Mar 24, 2018 10:10 am
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Indian Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is ready to bat at any position for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Though he prefers to bat at top of the order, he is expecting to bat in the lower middle-order for SRH and is preparing himself for that.

Wriddhiman Saha

Having the 104 match experiences in IPL, Wriddhiman Saha was bought by SRH in 2018 IPL Auction for INR 5 crore.

While SRH has their experienced openers and top-order batsmen, Saha is expecting to bat in the lower middle-order for the team. He said, “I prefer batting at the top but I have kept rotating in terms of my batting position. With SRH, I will probably bat in the lower middle order. We have great openers (Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner) so they will do well. I am ready to bat anywhere for the team.”

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In last four IPL seasons, Saha played for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) who has the home venue in IS Bindra Stadium (Mohali). In IPL 2018, Saha’s home ground is Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium (Hyderabad). Saha admitted that he has to adjust to the wicket. The right-handed batsman quoted, “I was playing in Mohali and I know the wicket there. Now I will be playing for Hyderabad, so I will have to adjust to the wicket. As far as gelling with the players is concerned, it won’t be a problem. Everybody is familiar at this level.”

Wriddhiman Saha earlier played for KXIP in IPL

During the South Africa tour, Saha had an injury and he was forced to return in the mid-way of the three-match Test series as he missed the last two Tests. Now, Saha claimed that he is fit and already started to play. He said, “I am fit now and have started playing a few office matches.”

Saha also admitted that Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is a tough bowler for a batsman. While both will now play for the same IPL franchise, Saha will practice with him at the net. He told about Rashid Khan, “I will practice with him at the nets. I have played his bowling and got out too.”

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Saha also revealed that their toughest opponent in this IPL season is Chennai Super Kings (CSK), where Saha had played from 2011 to 2013. He quoted, “I would like my team to win but Chennai have a good team and have bench strength.”

India’s next big series is the upcoming England tour where they will play three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests. The first match of that tour will begin in this July while the first Test will begin on August 1.

Saha admitted that England will be tough for them. He said, “England will be tough. We have to play well. It will help if we can go there early. In England first is T20 and one-dayers. We are ready to go one month in advance as well for the Tests.”

“I have never played in England for India. I have played with the India A team there. It is challenging to keep wickets there as the ball moves quite a lot. There is dampness also.”