Kolkata: Injured wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha is confident of returning to first class cricket in December, having completed his rehabilitation programme after a shoulder surgery in July.
“I am feeling much better now. I hope to be back in action by mid-December. I am preparing and training accordingly. Hope my body recovers in time and I’m fit to play (Ranji Trophy). I’ve started net sessions but I am yet to get match-fit,” Saha said during a function at the East Bengal Tent.
It has been an extremely disappointing year for Saha, who was sent home due a hamstring injury after playing the first Test of the year against South Africa in Cape Town.
During the IPL he had injured his thumb, which was believed to be the reason for his missing the Afghanistan Test in June. But later it was revealed that he had a more serious shoulder injury (posterosuperior labral tear) for which he underwent a surgery in the UK.
India have picked Rishabh Pant along with Parthiv Patel for the upcoming Test series in Australia. With no Test series lined up in near future, Saha said he has to start from scratch by doing well at the domestic level.
Ganguly praises Wriddhi
Kolkata: A shoulder injury has forced Wriddhiman Saha out of action as of now but he has been India’s best wicketkeeper in the last five to ten years, reckons former captain Sourav Ganguly. “He’s out of the team for about a year now but I think in the last five to 10 years he has been India’s best glovesman. Hope he recovers soon,” Ganguly said. Speaking over the omission of Sha from the Oz Tour, Ganguly said, “Injury is not in your hands. Wicketkeeper has to dive and he got injured while diving. It takes a certain time to recover. The faster he recovers, the better it is,” said Ganguly.