Wriddhiman Saha in doubt for Australia tour after suffering hamstring tear
First Published 8, Nov 2020, 9:17 PM
Wriddhiman Saha has been playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League since 2018. The wicketkeeper-batsman has been playing a crucial role for the side this season, while he was scheduled to be an integral part of Team India for the upcoming tour of Australia.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has been dented with a blow, as he has been sidelined after suffering a hamstring tear. The injury has now cast doubt over his participation with Team India for the upcoming tour of Australia, later this month.
The news broke out on Sunday evening after Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper David Warner said during the toss that Saha was sidelined due to the injury. SRH are currently taking on Delhi Capitals (DC) in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 playoffs, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The Bengal lad failed to make it to the playing XI during their Eliminator clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), on Friday, for the same reason. It allowed reserve wicketkeeper-batsman from Bengal, Shreevats Goswami, to grab the opportunity, as he caught Kohli behind the stumps for mere six, but could not manage to score any runs as an opener.
Although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to say anything on the same, it has made its headache just worst. Team India is already doubtful with their opener Rohit Sharma, who has just recovered from a hamstring strain, while Ishant Sharma, too, is questionable with a muscle tear. Furthermore, seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out with a thigh injury.
Saha was set to feature for the side in the four-Test series, starting December 17. As he remains doubtful, India still has a couple of back-ups in the form of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul, while it would be interesting to see if any further back-up is announced.
Saha has been remarkable this season, scoring 214 runs in four innings at a prime average of 71.33, including a couple of half-centuries. He played a pivotal role in the closing stages of the league matches, which allowed SRH to secure the playoffs berth.