Dubai: Wriddhiman Saha’s groin injury is ‘not serious’ but his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) is expected to adopt a cautious approach. SRH’s support staff will be in consultation with the BCCI’s medical team. They have to do so as Wriddhiman Saha is part of the Indian Test team that will travel to Australia.
Saha had picked up the niggle during his match-winning innings of 87 against Delhi Capitals (DC) Tuesday. He didn’t keep wickets with substitute Shreevats Goswami replacing him.
“Unfortunately, he’s got a little groin niggle but hopefully it isn’t too bad,” SRH skipper Warner said Wednesday.
A senior BCCI source said that all the franchises have been told to be a bit cautious with regards to fitness of national team players. “It doesn’t look very serious at the moment. There is a three-day gap before Sunrisers’ next game (vs RCB October 31). Let’s keep our fingers crossed,” the official said.
There is a possibility that Saha may be advised to skip the next two games. In case Sunrisers make it to play-offs, he would be fully fit.
During an IPLT20.com interview with star spinner Rashid Khan, Saha said that he would ‘hopefully’ soon recover from injury. It was on skipper Warner’s insistence that Saha took chances during the Powerplay overs.
“I asked David how I should approach this innings. He told me that you should just bat freely. We needed to take chances in the first six overs and since it clicked, we got the momentum going our way,” Saha said. “Once David started striking cleanly, I took a back-seat and watched him strike it cleanly. Once David was dismissed, I again took over and converted the boundaries when the ball was pitched in my hitting areas,” he added.