The Indian team management will take a call on the availability of Wriddhiman Saha ‘closer’ to the second test which will begin at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday. During the first test in kanpur, Wriddhiman Saha displayed sheer determination to bat with a stiff neck & scored a scintillating half century in the second innings.
Appreciating Saha’s efforts, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey stated that the team management- Head Coach Rahul Dravid & Captain Virat Kohli are in talk with the physios who are assessing Saha’s recovery.
“We will take a call closer to the game. Physios are in constant touch with Rahul and Virat. Closer to the game, we can take a call on what condition he is in. Whatever he did in the last game was a fabulous effort. It was painful to bat, but he raised his hands and delivered for the team,” Mhambrey said.
In the Kanpur test K.S Bharat had to keep the stumps who was a substitute for Saha but ahead of the Second test in Mumbai the team management don’t want to take a risk & make decision wisely.
Coming to the sceond test as New Zealand has registered a draw in the first test, India will be depsrate to win the second test & clinch the two match test series & with Captain Virat Kohli returning for the second test, the team management will be keen to choose the right combination for the crucial test.
“It is a good [headache to have]. We have so much talent available and that speaks volumes about Indian cricket. With youngsters coming up, we want to give them an opportunity and someone like Shreyas comes up with a 100 and follows up with a 50 – that’s fabulous. That speaks volumes about Indian cricket and the way forward. But then, we have to see the combinations that would suit the particular wicket. We are happy to have that kind of problem,” Mhambrey said.
Paras Mhambrey backs Ajinkya Rahane & Cheteshwar Puajra ahead of the final test
Two senior most players of India’s test squad are facing a lean phase since days & their poor form continued in the first test against New Zealand. The duos had a good start but they failed to convert their starts into good scores. But still Mhambrey feels that both the batters are just an innings away from striking form.
“It is both for Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara – they have huge experience. We also know that they are one innings away [from finding form]. We are backing them. They have played enough cricket to understand what is expected from them and get going,” the bowling coach said.
Talking about the first Test where India failed to clinch the game despite putting New Zealand in a spin, he said, “There are a lot of positives that we can take from the last game. We did not win the Test match, but we are happy with the effort everyone put in. It was not an easy wicket, we were unlucky at times. There was no bounce on the wicket, a couple of edges did not carry – had that happened, results would have been different. Overall, we are extremely happy with the effort everyone put in.”
There is a possibility that India could field Mohammad Siraj ahead of Ishant Sharma for the secodn test & speaking about the road map ahead for Ishant, Mhambrey said, “Ishant has not played much Test cricket (recently), that does make a difference. We are working on it. He has huge experience under his belt and it makes a huge difference having him in the dressing room. Having him around and learning the nuances from him is an opportunity for young bowlers. We will work on his rhythm and he needs a couple of games to get going.”
Meanwhile due to persistent rains in Mumbai both India & New Zealand has called off their practice sessions on Friday.