Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha believes one should always keep the team above an individual performance.
Saha, who was benched in the two-match Test series against New Zealand, stated that team combination is of utmost importance.
The 35-year-old also also heaped praise on Rishabh Pant, revealing that he always tries to deliver his best, regardless of any format.
Here is what Saha said.
"We all play for India. The team decides the best combination and we have to respect that. I had played the last series. In New Zealand, Rishabh played and I didn't. Individually, we expect to play. But ultimately the team is first," Saha told IANS.
Wriddhiman Saha made a successful comeback from injury after a year and a half, in the South Africa Test series last year.
He picked up a shoulder injury during India's South Africa tour in 2018.
His robust technique behind the stumps also gave him the edge.
Often touted as MS Dhoni's successor, Saha has remained the preferred red-ball wicket-keeper for India at home.
An untimely concussion in the Australia ODI series made life difficult for Rishabh Pant as he was replaced by KL Rahul.
The 22-year-old has been warming the bench ever since.
Pant was given the nod ahead of Saha in New Zealand, but he could muster only 60 runs from four Test innings.
His wicket-keeping technique has also been under the scanner.
Saha reiterated that the two cricketers have a chat about wicket-keeping often.
"I have told Rishabh a few things which he will try according to his comfort zone. It's not like he will do it for one day and it will work," he said.
He added, "So, if he feels those things will work for him, he will try and implement them in training."
The upcoming edition of Indian Premier has been postponed from March 29 to April 15, owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Saha feels safety should always get the preference.
"We all sacrifice a lot for the sport but eventually if people are hampered, that is not necessary. We need to take necessary precautions. We all have to wait will the situation gets better," he said.
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