In what comes as bad news to Team India ahead of their tour of Australia, Sunrisers Hyderabad wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha sustained a hamstring injury. Saha’s untimely injury means that he may not be available for the forthcoming Test series where India will play as many as four Test matches in Australia.
Adelaide Oval, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sydney Cricket Ground and The Gabba are the four venues that will host the first, second, third and fourth Test match respectively. The first Test of the four-match Test series will be played on December As things stand, Wriddhiman Saha’s participation for Australia Test series looks more doubtful in the wake of his hamstring injury.
Only time will tell the whole story whether or not Saha will take part in the Australia Test series. There has been no update regarding the seriousness of his injury. However, considering the length of the full-fledged tour, Wriddhiman Saha must recover soon. Before playing the Test series, India will play three ODIs and as many T20Is.
Rishabh Pant named as second choice wicket-keeper
Since Wriddhiman Saha is not part of the team’s ODI and T20I squads for Australia tour and with more than a month time left, Saha should recover from the injury. Earlier, Saha was ruled out of the Eliminator match against Royal Challengers Bangalore and also in the second qualifier match against Delhi Capitals at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Wriddhiman Saha picked up a groin strain in his 45-ball 87 against the Delhi Capitals in the group stage match and after which he did not step out on the field to keep the wickets during Delhi Capitals’ run-chase. However, he continued to play in the team’s last two group stage encounters against RCB and MI. In these two matches, he scored 39 and unbeaten 58 respectively.
Meanwhile, Team India has named Rishabh Pant as the second choice wicketkeeper for Australia Test series. However, BCCI is yet to release an official update regarding the extent of Wriddhiman Saha’s injury.