Saha content on accepting Pant as the number one keeper
Team India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who had contract covid during IPL 2021 is fully cured now and on his way to England for the long tour along with his teammates. Saha who at 35 continues to be India’s leading wicketkeeper purely on his outstanding keeping skills. Has shown his qualities as a team man time and again.
For the last couple of season’s since Rishabh Pant’s emergence as a quality batsman-keeper, the number one wicket-keeping spot has been up for grabs. Which both Saha and Pant getting into a musical chairs arrangement.
Saha content on accepting Pant as the number one keeper. Pant after a fine debut series in England and a successful one in Australia in the 2018-19 season. Looked poised to keep his spot for long. However, a slump in form, sloppy keeping and overweight issues hampered his chances and Saha made a good comeback in the home series vs South Africa in 2019.
With better batting skills for overseas conditions, Pant was prefer for New Zealand tests but consistent failures in that series. Had Saha back again for the first Test at Adelaide in the 2020-21 Australia series.
However, Saha’s poor batting again came in his way after Adelaide as Pant was preferred again in the 2nd test. After Team India’s batting debacle at Adelaide.
However this time Rishabh Pant never looked back scoring back to back outstanding knocks to take India to an epic series win after his batting exploits at Sydney and Gabba. His keeping improved too as he was outstanding with the gloves on difficult spinning pitches vs England at home. After the Australia series while continuing with his batting exploits.
This meant that Saha had to be content as the 2nd keeper again. Team India management continued to keep the 35-year-old Saha as the 2nd keeper. Though there were good young options like Kishan and Bharat to try for the 2nd keeper’s spot.
On recently being asked on Pant. Saha was very honest and admit that Rishabh Pant has done very well in the recent test series and deserve to be India’s number one keeper now. However, Saha said that he is willing to wait for that one chance.
Rishabh Pant played the last few matches of the World Test Championship. He’s done well and he should be our first-choice keeper in England. I would just wait, and if any opportunity arises, I will give my best. I will keep practising for that one chance,” Saha said.
On his mindset, Saha stressed that he will continue to be in a positive frame of mind. Whether he is getting a chance or not and will keep himself match fit as this is a very long tour and chances can offer themselves.