Saha ready for a comeback

Wriddhiman Saha was disappointed sitting out for three Tests during the five-Test series against England. With his replacement Parthiv Patel performing well with the bat and the gloves, a comeback will be tough. But Saha's ready for it.

Wriddhiman Saha has recovered from his thigh injury and is raring to play again.   -  K. Bhagya Prakash

Wriddhiman Saha, who appeared to be doing well in Test cricket before his untimely injury, hopes to make a comeback on the strength of a good domestic performance.

Wriddhiman missed out on the last three Tests against England suffering from tendonitis and his replacement Parthiv Patel made full use of opportunities scoring two half-centuries.

"No one would like to miss out on a Test series. It’s only natural that one would be disappointed if you would have to sit out due to an injury. Now Parthiv has come and done well but I see no reason to feel insecure. At worst, what will happen? I will not be selected for the next Test series. So what is my job? To make a good comeback in domestic cricket post injury and produce performances, which is in my control," Wriddhiman told PTI during an interaction.

Ask him if it’s that simple, he replies: "At least for me it is that simple!"

"I have neither let either success go into my head nor failures affect me. I believe I have been able to maintain that balance till now. And I have been like this since my childhood. I have never been overtly emotional about things.

"You need to keep life simple," he says.

Is it something that he has learned from Mahendra Singh Dhoni?

"I am not like this because I have learnt these traits from Dhoni," he interjects, "but I am like this because I am Wriddhiman. Let me tell you one thing, your approach towards life is something that you devise on your own. Everyone is his own coach. These are things you don't learn from anybody."

Talk about his comeback to competition, Wriddhiman says that his rehabilitation is complete and he will be playing for his club side Mohun Bagan this weekend.

"I completed my rehab program at the National Cricket Academy five days back.

"I can resume playing competitive cricket. At the NCA, they worked on a specific muscle tissue that had got weak due to the injury. The next big assignment will be Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (national T20) for Bengal," he says.

"Now I will be playing a few matches for my club side Mohun Bagan. I have started usual net sessions and it feels good. I am working with our club coach Palash Nandy. Also with a lot of former Bengal players like Sanjeev Sanyal, Subhomoy Das and Arindam Ghosh in our ranks, the training sessions have been fun."

He is a touch sad that Bengal could not make it to the knockouts of the Ranji Trophy which might have given him a few more first-class matches.

"We (Bengal) started off well but during the last phase of the league stage, we did not do well at important phases. It would have been great had we been able to play in the knockout stages of the tournament," says Wriddhiman.

While Wriddhiman’s comeback at domestic cricket will happen with T20, the month of February would again kickstart the remainder of the Test season with Bangladesh coming off for one-off Test match followed by the big one against Steve Smith’s Australia.

Isn’t it difficult to switch gears directly from T20 to Test mode?

"At this level, it’s about muscle memory and body reacts to the format naturally. The moment I play T20, I know that I have to attack and similarly when I enter the Test zone, I know I need to be more judicious with the shot selection," says he.