“I Am Not Worried About How Pant Is Batting”, says Wriddhiman Saha

Akshay Sonawane
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Wriddhiman Saha was selected ahead of Rishabh Pant in the first Test match at Adelaide, after the humiliating defeat and 36/9 debacle, the former keeper was replaced by the latter for the rest of the bilateral series. Pant grabbed the opportunity and made the most out of it as he went on to play a crucial role in winning the Test series Down Under. The 23-year-old wicket-keeper batsman, smashed two half-centuries in Sydney and Gabba respectively. The second half-century by the southpaw helped India to get over the finishing line at the Gabba. However, Saha mentioned it wasn’t a big deal to see Pant get the opportunity. “I have been hearing these comparisons (between himself and Pant) since 2018. I believe in doing my job and I am not worried about how Pant is batting,” Saha said.

“I don’t want to change my game because of that. It’s up to the team management to decide who will stand behind the stumps,” he told The Times of India in an interview. “There are situations when a missed chance can change the result of a match. Wicketkeeping is a specialist job, especially in Test cricket.”

The 36-year-old wicket-keeper batsman scored 9 and 4 in the Day and Night Adelaide Test where India was humiliated after recording their lowest total of 36 in the longest format. Saha also mentioned that he will make the most of the every opportunity he gets when England will be touring India for 4 Test matches.

India will host England for 4 Test matches, 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is. The series will commence from February 5.