‘Stayed positive during my rehab, never thought what would happen’

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty | Kolkata | Updated: November 19, 2019 8:07:41 am Wriddhiman Saha is arguably the best wicketkepeer in world cricket at the moment. (File)In four days’ time, India will play their first-ever day-night Test at Eden Gardens. Wriddhiman Saha, arguably the world’s best wicketkeeper, is one of the early birds in the…

‘Stayed positive during my rehab, never thought what would happen’

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty
| Kolkata |

Updated: November 19, 2019 8:07:41 am

Wriddhiman Saha is arguably the best wicketkepeer in world cricket at the moment. (File)In four days’ time, India will play their first-ever day-night Test at Eden Gardens. Wriddhiman Saha, arguably the world’s best wicketkeeper, is one of the early birds in the team, with regards to playing pink-ball cricket. Back in June 2016, Saha played in the CAB Super League final, which was a pink-ball, day-night, multi-day game. Before the start of the Test series against Bangladesh, Saha, who returned to the playing XI during the home series against South Africa after an elongated injury layoff, spoke with The Indian Express and touched upon various issues, including the pink-ball Test. Excerpts:
How difficult was the phase when you were away from the Indian team?
For a player, every phase is difficult, whether you are playing or not playing. When you are playing, there’s always the pressure to perform. In my case, Rishabh (Pant) was playing (after I got injured). Maybe, after the two Tests in the West Indies, the team management thought about giving me a chance (against South Africa). Probably the team has the belief, which is a reason why I returned to the playing XI. And I tried to contribute. As far as batting was concerned, I basically didn’t get the opportunity to play long innings. Because most of the time, when I went to bat, declaration was on. As for ‘keeping, I tried to give my best.
For a 35-year-old, how tough is it to handle an elongated injury layoff?
Of course when you are out of the side, it’s always difficult to return to limelight. But I always stayed positive during my rehab. I never thought about what would happen next. I just concentrated on my rehab and training.
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Did you require any psychological help during the layoff period?
No. In fact, I never felt like I was left out. When I returned to domestic cricket and played the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Bengal earlier this year, it felt like I straightaway got into the groove.
You returned to the Test squad for the WI tour but didn’t get a game, as
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