Saha in for Pant
Wriddhiman Saha will replace the struggling Rishabh Pant in the Indian line-up for the first Test, captain Virat Kohli announced here on Tuesday, calling the Bengal player the “best wicketkeeper” in the world.
The 34-year-old Saha was out of the team for a long time due to injury and came back into the side during the two-Test series in the West Indies. However, he did not get to play there and Pant kept wickets in both the games.
“Yes Saha is fit and fine to go. He is going to start the series for us. His keeping credentials are for everyone to see. He has done well with the bat whenever he has got a chance,” said Kohli on the eve of the first Test.
“It was unfortunate that he was out with an injury. According to me he is the best keeper the world. With these conditions he starts for us,” he added.
The skipper said Saha is always going to be the first choice in the traditional format.
“...Saha was always the one we would back as a pure keeper in Test cricket. He has done well under pressure situations in the past for us, so it was just about finding the right opportunity and the moment to bring him back in.”