Wriddhiman Saha Seems Doubtful For Australia Series Due To Injury
By CricShots - Nov 9, 2020 11:11 am
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The veteran Indian wicket-keeper, Wriddhiman Saha has often known for picking up injuries frequently and recently he has been diagnosed with a hamstring tear and because of that, his availability for the upcoming tour of Australia has now in jeopardy. It will now depend on what call BCCI mandarins take considering that physio Nitin Patel’s medical reports have of late come under the scanner due to conflicting views of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises.

Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha

Saha had stretched his groin while batting against Delhi Capitals in the second leg of the IPL but then played against Mumbai Indians in the 14th and final round game where he must have picked up a tear while fighting the earlier niggle. In Sunday’s qualifier 2, SRH skipper, David Warner confirmed the nature of the injury, he said, “Wriddhiman Saha has a hamstring tear.”

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However, the degree of the tear is still not clear. It is understood that if Saha has a grade 1 tear, which normally takes four weeks of rest and rehabilitation, then he can be expected to board a flight to Australia with the first Test starting on December 17. 

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha

In case, he has a grade 2 tear, Saha will not be eligible to board the flight to Australia as he would need two months minimum to recover. However, with two wicketkeepers already in the squad (Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson), India may not seek another stumper.

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In order to shore up their batting, India will always prefer to have Pant in overseas conditions and Saha in home conditions where a better keeper becomes a necessity. During MSK Prasad’s tenure as the chief selector, Andhra lad KS Bharat was considered as a third red-ball option behind Pant and Saha.