Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 30 November 2020

Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha expected to be fit for India-Australia Test series

Board president Sourav Ganguly insists Rohit Sharma still not 100 per cent

India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has injured both his hamstrings. AFP
India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has injured both his hamstrings. AFP

Indian cricket board president Sourav Ganguly believes wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, currently nursing a double hamstring injury, will be fit for India's four-Test series in Australia beginning next month.

Saha, considered the best wicketkeeper in the country, injured both his hamstrings during the Indian Premier League and missed the playoffs in the UAE.

The BCCI last week said it would take a late call on Saha's availability for the tour which begins with the first of six short-form internationals on November 27 in Sydney.

"I think people don't know how the BCCI works," Ganguly told The Week magazine, dismissing criticism of the board's handling of player injuries.

"The BCCI trainers, physio and Wriddhi himself know that he has two hamstring issues. Wriddhi is travelling to Australia because he will be fit for Tests. He is not part of the shorter formats."

Rishabh Pant is the other wicket-keeper in India's Test squad.

There was more confusion regarding Rohit Sharma's hamstring injury which the opener had sustained during the IPL. Rohit was initially considered unfit for the Australia tour, but continued to play in the T20 league, leading the Mumbai Indians to their record fifth IPL title in Dubai.

He was subsequently brought back to the Test squad.

"Rohit is still 70 per cent [fit]," Ganguly said.

"That is why he is still not picked for the ODIs and T20s Down Under. He has been added to the Test squad."

The four-Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will begin with a day-night match at Adelaide from December 17.

Updated: November 15, 2020 03:13 PM

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