Recently, India’s most technically accomplished wicket-keeper, Wriddhiman Saha revealed that his father Prashanta is helping him in ensuring that Wriddhiman’s hand-eye co-ordination remains top-notch. Saha senior is helping his son with keeping drills inside their spacious South City apartment.
During an interaction with PTI, Saha revealed, “Whatever drills possible in the confines of my apartment, I am doing that. So I do a lot of hand-eye coordination drills which are a must for keepers. At times, my father (Prashanta Saha) is helping me inside the flat.”
Asked if this forced break feels like the time he nursed a shoulder surgery in 2018-19, Saha said that it’s better than that phase.
The gloveman elaborated, “That time (post-surgery), I couldn’t keep for months because of surgery but here if I want I can do my keeping drills. Look, it’s not that I am not in touch. It’s not that you get completely out of touch during the lockdown. Yes, running is the thing that I am not able to do because of lockdown.”
While Nick Webb has given customized training charts to everyone, Saha said that he has some equipment but it’s not possible to have a regimented exercise routine inside the apartment with a young family. While coaches are speaking about a time frame of six to eight weeks to return to competitive match fitness, Saha said that he wouldn’t individually want to put a time-frame on his match-readiness.
In fact, during the two Tests at Wellington and Christchurch, Saha was training alongside Rishabh Pant and also having some conversations. Since India’s next Test series is in December (vs Australia), Saha will be looking for some game time in domestic cricket and IPL.
Describing the same, Saha said, “If I get matches well and good but all depends on the situation at that time. You still don’t know whether traveling is safe or not. I guess everything will be taken into account before the start of the camp.”