Indian Test wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha attended the press conference on November 13 ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka. Team India is going to play their last bilateral series of this year while the first Test is scheduled to be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 16.
Ahead of the first match, Saha revealed the name of toughest Indian bowlers whom he kept to. He said,
Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami are the bowlers which are hard to face as a wicket-keeper. Their deliveries swing more in comparison to Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav after crossing the wickets. Those balls seems tough to grab behind the wickets.
When the same question was asked about the spinners, he said,
Among the spinners, it’s Ravichandran Ashwin as he has more variations in his bowling than Jadeja and Kuldeep.
On being asked about how he kept wickets against the different spinners who showed a lot of variations, Saha said,
If you could read their arm action, 50 per cent of the job is done there itself. Then comes the wicket factor that how much the track is turning. So, the main challenge to grab all the balls whether it turns or not.
Being a wicketkeeper, Saha is at the position to closely observe the game and the field placement. When asked about how he gives suggestions to the team for any particular change in the field setting, he replied,
We have a space in the team to share your feedback. Being behind stumps if I feel that a fielder could be posted at a particular position, I speak with the captain and the vice-captain. If they think it could work, they would go with that.
Saha also talked about the Indian spinners who could play a crucial role in the series. He said,
We have three spinners in the squad as of now. However, the ultimate decision has to be taken after going through the track at the Eden Gardens that whom to induct in the team.
Saha was also asked about team’s preparation for their tour to South Africa in January 2018. He replied,
All matches are equally important. It’s not like that we are preparing ourselves for South Africa by playing against Sri Lanka. The tracks are totally different. We need to focus first on the games against Sri Lanka. Later, the executions will be done as per the South Africa’s track conditions.
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