Kolkata: Mahendra Singh Dhoni might be firmly occupying the wicket-keeper’s slot in ODIs but India’s Test glovesman Wriddhiman Saha said here Tuesday that he has not given up on his World Cup dreams and is pushing hard to play in the 2019 quadrennial event. Saha in fact said that it is his wife Romi who wishes to see him play in the World Cup.
“My wife badly wants me to play in the World Cup. She insists that I must push harder to achieve that. I am also trying to fulfil her dream, but ultimately the decision lies with the selectors,” Saha, who will turn 33 next month, said.
Saha, who will not be a part of the India limited overs team who will take on Australia in five ODIs and three T20 internationals asserted that it will be difficult to beat Virat Kohli’s side at home.
“Beating India in India will always be tough. Australia have done well last time but I will mark India as the favourites,” Saha, who is currently enjoying a break, stated on the sidelines of a promotional event here.
“India’s bench strength is very strong and that is the main reason why we have been performing well in all formats of the game,” added the glovesman.
Saha played down all compliments showered on him, including Sourav Ganguly’s opinion that the Bengal stumper could replace Dhoni in limited overs cricket in future.
“My preparation is always aimed at bettering my performance. The rest depends on the selection committee. I don’t perform to just play ODIs,” asserted the soft-spoken cricketer.
Press trust of India