India’s Test wicket-keeper batter Wriddhiman Saha has withdrawn his name from the upcoming Ranji season in the Bengal squad. Considered as the world’s best glovesman, Saha’s decision has drawn in speculations about his Test career. As per reports, Indian team management has categorically told Saha that he is not in the scheme of things for the future. It is unlikely, that the Bengal cricketer will retain his place in the squad in the next series against Sri Lanka.
“Wriddhiman has been categorically told by influential people in the team management that they want to move on and create some new back-ups alongside Rishabh Pant,” a senior BCCI offical stated on conditions of anonymity.
No Saha in Ranji
The team management has backed Rishabh Pant‘s acumen as a stroke player especially in foreign tours. In the home series against Kiwis, Shrikant Bharat showed his caliber as well, making a point to the selectors. Hence, the 37-year-old Saha is facing stiff competition for the place in the national team.
The Cricket Association of Bengal announced a 22 member squad with two wicketkeeper batters Abhishek Porel and Shakir Habib Gandhi, for the group league phase.
“During meeting chairman of selectors Subhamoy had asked secretary and convenor of senior selection committee Snehasish Ganguly about Wriddhi’s availability. They said that Wriddhi has informed that he shouldn’t be considered for Bengal for Ranji Trophy for the season. It was a bit weird,” a source close to Bengal team management told.
Saha has featured in 40 Tests with a tally of 1353 runs to his name. Despite scoring 3 tons, his batting average of below 30 went against him. He has 104 dismissals to his name, with 92 catches and 12 stumpings.
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