Wriddhiman Saha unlikely to be fit for Australia tour
India's veteran Test wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, who is currently recovering from an injury, is likely to miss the 2018-19 tour of Australia. Saha, last played, for India in the first Test against South Africa earlier this year. Since then, he has been missing from action. Saha needs another 4 months to recuperate from the ongoing shoulder problem. Here's more on the same.
Saha starts rehab process at NCA
According to Cricbuzz, Saha stated that he will be out for quite sometime and he has just started rehab two days back at the NCA in Bengaluru. Saha added, "I haven't been told how long I would need to be here. But yes, a stretch of three-four months can take a toll, so I will be given breaks to be with family."
India have tried out a host of wicket-keepers
It remains to be seen when will Saha recover fully and whether he will make a comeback to this Indian side. After his injury, India have tried out a host of keepers that include the likes of Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Karthik and now Rishabh Pant. None of them look like a solid bet to snatch the place from the veteran wicket-keeper.
Pant could be allowed to grow under Saha
In the current tour of England, DK was expected to do good things, but he lost his place to young Pant. For India, it would be wise to continue with Pant and have DK as the back-up for the tour of Australia. Post that Pant could be given the license to develop under Saha's wings. Youth and experience factor would come into play.
5th Test versus England crucial for Pant
Pant, so far, hasn't quite made the most out of the chances in the two Tests he has played. The ongoing 5th Test match against England is another crucial chance for him to cement a place for the series against West Indies.