Saha returns to India, will begin rehab after three weeks

The wicketkeeper-batsman says the recovery period seems to be more difficult to negotiate than fast bowlers.

Welcome home: Wriddhiman Saha at the Kolkata airport on Thursday.   -  PTI

Back in India after undergoing a shoulder surgery in Manchester, wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha says the recovery period seems to be more difficult to negotiate than fast bowlers.

His right hand heavily strapped from below the elbow, Saha returned this morning after his laberal repair surgery at the Arm Clinic in Manchester. He will begin his rehabilitation at National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru after completing a mandatory three-week rest period. “It’s very difficult. You cannot move the hand and I have to keep it in one position. It’s more difficult than facing pacers. But this is the only way to go forward and make a comeback. I just have to go by it,” Saha said.

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The agile Bengal stumper first had an injury during the tour of South Africa, and had returned early to nurse his hamstring. During the Indian Premier League (IPL), Saha suffered a thumb injury that kept him out of the one-off Test against Afghanistan in June. It was later discovered that Saha was carrying a shoulder injury that ruled him out of the ongoing tour of England.

Saha may be able to make a comeback in the tour of Australia in December. “It’s still a long way to go for the Australia tour . Let’s see, I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” he said.

‘Want to go slow’

“Injuries are part and parcel of a sportsperson’s career. But one should not play with injury. Normally, in 55 per cent cases, this injury does not recur after it’s healed. It all depends [on] the way I recover and how I recover. I don’t want to fasten it and [wish to] take my time. I want to go slow so that this does not aggravate,” he said.

Dinesh Karthik is keeping wickets for India with 20-year old Rishabh Pant held as reserve during the ongoing Test series in England.

Saha has played 32 Tests so far, scoring 1,164 runs with three centuries. He has taken 75 catches and effected 10 stumpings.