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Saha back at nets, in line for first Test against Australia


India wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha has started batting session in the net on Wednesday (November 18).

Saha back at nets, in line for first Test against Australia

Saha was seen facing throwdowns at the nets from the Sri Lankan left-arm specialist Nuwan Seneviratne and Indian right-arm bowler Dayananda Garani.

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The 36-year old wicket-keeper batsman suffered a hamstring injury in the match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. As a result, he could not play in the play-offs for Sunrisers Hyderabad. There were also doubts about whether he would be picked for Australia tour. But the selectors of India kept belief on him. Apart from that, the team management considers Saha as the number one keeper in the Tests.

C Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti were sent back to the country from Dubai due to injuries. Even though he was added to the Test team later, Rohit Sharma did not fly with the team. But Saha travelled with team India for Australia tour. He quickly returned to the field from the physio’s surveillance. The four-match Test series is scheduled to start from December 17 next month. So Saha is still getting several days to return to full recovery.

After so many days, Saha returned to the net with the bat, but in a video provided by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Twitter, he was seen hitting square cut and pull shots. BCCI tweeted the video, saying, “Look who is batting in the nets today. Hello @Wriddhipops! #TeamIndia.”

“I think people don’t know how the BCCI works. The BCCI trainers, physio and Wriddhi himself know that he has two hamstring issues. Wriddhi is travelling to Australia because he will be fit for Tests. He is not part of the shorter formats,” Ganguly told The Week magazine, dismissing criticism of the board’s handling of player injuries.

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