ENG vs PAK 2020: Coach Misbah-ul-Haq looks to deliver a 'late gift' to nation by winning the final Test
19 Aug 2020
India’s Test specialist wicketkeeper, Wriddhiman Saha is UAE bound where he will join his Indian Premier League (IPL) side Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates. But it seems he may have lost the hope of making a Team India entry in the limited-overs, as he reckons that make-shift wicket-keeper, KL Rahul is doing a fine job as a batsman and ‘not bad’ as wicket-keeper either.
"He (Rahul) is not doing a bad job. He is doing well with the bat and behind the stumps. He is adjusting well, we have seen it in New Zealand," Saha told IANS.
Praising the batting skills of Rahul, Saha said, "He is such a good batsman too and he has worked hard on his keeping. This only augurs well for the Indian team.”Surprised, but not shocked by the decision of former captain MS Dhoni to retire from internationals, Saha felt that it was imminent that he would retire soon.
"He (Dhoni) is a legend on and off the field. He has never really taken a predictable decision. I have always seen him to be positive and there was never a negative bone in his body," said the Shaktigarh born.
On Raina though, his views are different. "It was a bit surprising. But Dhoni and Raina were not in touch as far as international cricket is concerned. So it was not out of the blue. People were guessing, now it has become clear," he added.
Saha further said that he "learnt a lot from him (Dhoni)” as he regularly conversed with him on “Wicket-keeping and the game in general.” For the most part of his initial career, the 35-year-old Bengal player was a replacement for the Indian legend.