Wishing Rishabh Pant’s blazing blade in the Opening Day / Night Test against Australia for India starting at Adelaide Oval from Thursday, Wriddhiman Saha’s best ever glovework can be preferred.
One of the most debated topics going into the first Test has been the possible playing XI of the Indian team, with juries still out whether the better keeper in the 36-year-old Saha is a better batsman than the 23-year-old Pant. is.
The Indian team management has placed their card close to their chest with Hanuma Vihari calling it a “healthy competition” that thrives well for the side.
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There is an ideology in the team that Saha’s superior glovework and safe batting should be given more importance at this time.
Coach Ravi Shastri, captain Virat Kohli, assistant coach Vikram Rathore, Bharat Arun and travel selector Harvinder Singh will assess the performance of both Pant and Saha based on their individual contributions to the match situations.
Saha’s score of 54 came when India could lose the game and gave the team victory while facing a top quality attack. The score read 143 for nine and the team could have lost to Australia A, but directed a young Karthik Tyagi, scoring his runs and saving the game.
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Saha’s attack included James Pattinson, Michael Naser and Cameron Green, who were of international standard.
In comparison, India had already taken control of the pink ball dress rehearsal with leg-spinner Mitchell Swapson and Nick Madinson, who took part in the operation.
Before Pant joined the proceedings, all the hard work was done by Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari.
In fact, the home team bowlers had left the fight midway through their innings, something that invited harsh criticism from former World Cup winning captain Alan Border, who wore bowling Australia’s jersey as an “absolute insult” relaxed me.
Saha averaged over 30 with 1238 runs in 37 Tests and scored three centuries in his kitty. In addition, he struck out 103 behind stumps, including 92 catches and 11 stumps.
Still, if Saha goes to play the first Test, it will not mean that Pant will be out of the equation as the Bengal stopper will have to perform decisively with the bat to avoid a spot for his young contender. First XI.
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