Rishabh Pant was preferred as the wicket-keeper batsman over Wriddhiman Saha in the last three test matches of the Border Gavaskar series 2020-2021. Rishabh Pant made the most of this opportunity & scored two half centuries in Sydney & Brisbane & guided India to a historic win at the Gabba. However for Saha, it was no big deal to see Pant marching ahead in batting & wicket-keeping.
Saha said, “I have been hearing these comparisons (between himself and Pant) since 2018. I believe in doing my job and I am not worried about how Pant is batting. I don’t want to change my game because of that. It’s up to the team management to decide who will stand behind the stumps,” he told The Times of India in a chat.
Emphasizing on the need for a specialist wicket-keeper in test Cricket, Saha said, “There are situations when a missed chance can change the result of a match. Wicket-keeping is a specialist job especially in Test cricket.
I am not claiming to hold on to every catch that comes my way, but this is a specialist position and should remain so.”
Saha could score just 9 & 4 runs in the first test in Adelaide where India had scored their lowest test total of 36 all out & lost the match by massive eight wickets. Wriddhiman Saha expressed the confidence in “making the most of every opportunity he will get” when India face England in a four-match Test series starting February 5 in Chennai. England will tour India for four Tests, five T20Is and three ODIs in February and March 2021.