Saha boost for Bengal ahead of Ranji Trophy final

Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha returned to Bengal's squad for the Ranji Trophy final, the team selectors announced on Tuesday.

India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has recovered from an injury to his right ring finger.   -  AP

India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was on Tuesday included in Bengal’s squad for its Ranji Trophy final starting on March 9.

Saha is likely to be included in the playing XI in place of opener Abhishek Raman who is struggling for runs.

The 35-year old has recovered from a surgery on his right ring finger which he had sustained during the Day/Night Test at the Eden Gardens against Bangladesh.

However, he was not included the playing XI in India’s recent 0-2 debacle in New Zealand.

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Saha last played for Bengal in the 2017-18 Ranji season where he averaged 38.33 from four matches.

The selectors also named uncapped batsman Sudip Gharami with injured Koushik Ghosh and youngster Golam Mustafa being the only two omissions from the 16-member squad, which beat Karnataka in the semifinal.

Bengal pace attack brilliantly complemented Anustup Majumdar’s unbeaten 149 to thrash a star-studded Karnataka by 174 runs inside four days and make its first Ranji Trophy final in 13 years.

Bengal will face the winner of the other semifinal between Saurashtra and Gujarat in an away match.

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