I don’t look at Rishabh Pant as my competition: Wriddhiman Saha


first_imgIndia wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has said he doesn’t consider younger counterpart, Rishabh Pant as his competition. Saha, who had been sidelined with multiple injuries for close to 10 months, is gearing up to make a return to competitive cricket,Wriddhiman Saha, who was India’s first-choice wicketkeeper in Tests before a shoulder injury and a broken thumb hampered his 2017-18 season, will be back in action for Bengal in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, starting February 21.Saha, who has not played for India since January 2018, now will face stiff competition from 21-year-old Rishabh Pant, who has impressed with the bat in England and Australia. Pant, known for his aggressive batting, amassed 350 runs and finished as the second-highest run getter in India’s historic Test series win in Australia.”Rishabh got his chance when I was out and just like anyone would look to grab their chance with both hands he did the same,” Saha was quoted as saying by CricketNext.Saha added: “I don’t look at him as my competition, in fact when he came to the NCA we spent a lot of time together which was nice. We hardly spoke about performances and selection.”Saha had a tough time in 2018 as he was ruled out of the second and third Tests of India’s tour to South Africa with hamstring injuries. While he was cleared to play the Indian Premier League, a broken thumb ruled him out of the one-off Test against Afghanistan. While he was expected to return for India’s tour of Australia, it was revealed that Saha had carried a shoulder niggle after which he underwent surgery in Manchester last year.advertisementWith India expected to play a series against the West Indies after the 2019 World Cup, chief selector MSK Prasad recently insisted that Saha is still in the scheme of things as far as Test cricket is concerned.Selection not in my hand: SahaMeanwhile, Saha himself isn’t giving too much thought about India selection. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman is focussed on doing his bit for Bengal in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament.”My job is to play to the best of my ability and ensure I contribute to the needs of my team at all times. I feel the selection matters are not in my hand. So the main aim is to do well and then let things take its own course,” Saha said.He added: “Right now my focus is solely on helping Bengal do well in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.”Also Read | Rishabh Pant is still a work in progress: Deep DasguptaAlso Read | IPL 2019 schedule for 17 matches out, CSK to take on RCB on March 23Also Read | India should not play Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup: Harbhajan SinghAlso See:last_img

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