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WriddhimanSaha, forever the warrior

WriddhimanSaha is unfortunate to be born in the era of MS Dhoni, and now Rishabh pant.

A gentle reminder

But, he shows his ability whenever he finds even a small window of opportunity. In the first test match of the two match series between India and New Zealand in Kanpur, India were in a spot of bother in the second innings.

When WriddhimanSaha came out to bat, the team was tottering at 51/5 and the match was in the balance. Despite suffering from a tweaked neck, Saha remained unbeaten on 61 off 126 deliveries with 4 boundaries and one 6 and had a match-defining partnership with Axar Patel.

He even changed his stance to combat his neck spasm and give another example of how he is ready to do his best for the team time and again.

Not one to sulk

WriddhimanSaha could not get a lot of opportunities first because of MS Dhoni and now because of Rishabh pant, another generational talent, but he isn’t the one to sulk.

“Firstly, when Dhoni bhai was there, I wasn’t a regular in the team. I virtually didn’t play at all. From 2014 end to 2018, I played. After I suffered an injury, Dinesh Karthik, Parthiv Patel and Rishabh Pant have played (for India). Rishabh has managed to cement his place through his potential. He has grabbed the opportunity. Now I am (again) waiting for my turn. Every professional player faces such ups and downs. Injuries can happen anytime. Take the example of Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar). He was playing for India in all formats before he got injured. Now injury has affected his game time. Everything is part of the game,” Saha said.

“Whether I am underrated, it’s for others to decide. When I go out to bat, if you see some of my recent Test innings excluding the ones in Adelaide, in most cases I played for the declaration. So what was I supposed to do, play for myself or the team? And while trying to contribute to the team’s cause, I got out in a few innings. Maybe, a different player, more inclined to play for himself, would have avoided criticism. I always believe that scoring a vital 25 or 30 is more important than a century or a half-century if that contributes more to the team’s cause. I am happy that way.”

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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