Indian cricket’s veteran wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha has decided not to play in the upcoming domestic tournament Ranji Trophy. According to a PTI report, Saha was informed that he will no longer be considered for the selection of the Indian Test team and another wicketkeeper will be included as a backup for the home Test series against Sri Lanka. For this reason, Saha has withdrawn his name from the Ranji Trophy.
Wriddhiman Saha’s name will no longer be considered
Veteran wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is now 37 years old. Due to this Team India is looking towards preparing for the future by giving a chance to a young player in his place. The team’s first choice for wicketkeeper is Rishabh Pant. There K. s. Bharat (KS Bharat) impressed a lot with his excellent wicketkeeping against New Zealand in Kanpur. In such a situation, the team management wants that Bharat should now be given time to gain experience with the senior team. A BCCI source with knowledge of the matter said,
Influential people in the team management have clearly conveyed to Wriddhiman that they want to move on and groom some new players along with Rishabh Pant. Wriddhiman was explained that he would not be considered for his name in the Sri Lanka Test series. Because now is the time to give Kona Bharat a chance to gain experience with the senior team.
The decision was taken not to play Ranji Trophy
Soon after getting information about this, Saha refused to play for Bengal in the upcoming Ranji season. He has told some of his personal reasons behind this. About this the source said,
Perhaps this is the reason, Wriddhiman has informed the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Abhishek Dalmiya and Joint Secretary Snehasish Ganguly that he will not play Ranji Trophy this season due to ‘personal reasons.
Saha has played a total of 40 Test matches for Team India in his entire international career. In which he has scored 1353 runs. During this, he has also scored 3 centuries. Saha is considered very good behind the wicket. He has taken 104 wickets in his entire Test career which includes 92 catches and 12 stumpings.