The veteran Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has called all the retirement rumours a joke and bashed his critics as well. There has been a lot of air regarding Saha’s future lately as the current Indian head coach Rahul Dravid has already informed the senior pro that he is no longer a part of the future plans and the current Indian team is looking to groom Rishabh Pant as a long-term option in the Test cricket.
Wriddhiman Saha is arguably the best gloveman on the planet currently but the 37-year-old doesn’t have the age on his side. However, he likes to prove his critic wrong with his game as the Bengal wicketkeeper is coming off a successful IPL campaign with Gujarat Titans.
He went unsold on the first day of the mega-auction ahead of the IPL 2022 but Gujarat Titans snapped him on the 2nd day as the backup wicketkeeper. However, after a poor string of performances from the openers in the first few games, the Titans were forced to give Wriddhiman Saha a chance at the top. The veteran grabbed the opportunity with both hands and played a pivotal role in Gujarat Titans’ title triumph. He amassed a total of 317 runs in 11 matches at an average of almost 32.
“I don’t believe age can be a barrier for a fit cricketer” – Wriddhiman Saha
Talking about his future as a player, Saha has quashed all the retirement speculations. As per him, if a player is fit enough then age has nothing to do about the longevity of his career.
“I find it really funny. I don’t believe age can be a barrier for a fit cricketer. It’s not fair if you don’t say anything to fewer fit players and target a fitter player all the time only because he’s in his late thirties,” said Wriddhiman Saha.
The 40-Test veteran also said that he will be happy to share his experience and knowledge with youngsters in their quest to improve.
Meanwhile, on Gujarat Titans’ title victory and their underdogs tag ahead of the tournament, Wriddhiman Saha said,
“Everyone said that Gujarat bought discarded and unsold players, but here we are (laughs)! We never tried to prove anyone wrong. It was business as usual for us and we kept things simple by taking one match at a time. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and we fully respect that.”