Wriddhiman Saha is India’s regular in the Tests and is the successor to Indian great Mahendra Singh Dhoni. MS Dhoni is still a big member in the Indian limited overs outfit. But, off late, Saha on the back of some consistent performances has cemented his place in the whites. Saha and Dhoni have played their cricket together since the East Zone days. Saha has also featured in the Chennai Super Kings side alongside MS Dhoni, and in this interview he spills beans on how the experienced MS Dhoni helped him grow as a cricketer.

In an interview to HT, he said, “When I was with him at Chennai Super Kings, I used to watch how he prepared, how he kept his cool and spoke to everyone. We spoke on how different his keeping was with respect to others. Dhoni was always positive, never spoke negative.”

Also when asked to comment about his assessment of MS Dhoni’s retirement, he said, “It’s an individual choice. It’s also about how much that particular player is contributing. There are ups and downs in everyone’s performance. It isn’t as if you play 10 matches, you have to deliver in all 10.”

He also spoke about his camaraderie with Virat Kohli, he said, “I try to be the same way in the Indian dressing room the way I am with Bengal. I always go about my routine and do everything that I am asked to with a smile. Maybe he appreciates that since he expects that from everyone.”

He also spoke about his preparations for the Sri Lanka tour, he said, “Not really. With the kind of rain we are getting in Kolkata right now turf wickets are hardly proving good for practice. Indoor wickets aren’t a good substitute so there isn’t much preparation going on now. So I have to wait till I get there and play a few practice matches.”