India wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who was nursing a shoulder injury, has been ruled out of the Australia tour but former India captain, Sourav Ganguly, believes the 34-year-old has been the country's best wicketkeeper in the last decade.
Saha, who has been India's first-choice Test wicketkeeper since MS Dhoni’s retirement in December 2014, is undergoing rehabilitation.
“He’s out of the team for about a year now but I think in the last five to 10 years, he has been India’s best gloves-man. Hope he recovers soon,” Ganguly said.
The former captain spoke during the launch of ‘Wiki’, a sports fiction written by senior journalist Gautam Bhattacharya. The book chronicles the journey of a struggling wicketkeeper and how he makes it big.
The unfortunate injury to Saha opened the doors for Rishabh Pant, who impressed on the tour to England. He has been rewarded with a place in the side for four Tests Down Under. Parthiv Patel has been added to the squad as a back-up.
Saha, who has played 32 Tests and scored 1164 runs including three hundreds, last played in the Cape Town Test earlier this year. With India not playing any five-day games after the Australia tour till July 2019, the Bengal wicketkeeper’s future remains uncertain.
“Injury is not in your hands. Wicketkeeper has to dive and he got injured while diving. It takes a certain time to recover. The faster he recovers, the better it is,” said Ganguly.