Senior wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha suffered a hamstring injury which will surely increase doubts on his availability for the upcoming Australia tour.
It will now depend on what BCCI will decide considering physio Nitin Patel’s medical reports. Saha had stretched his groin while batting against Delhi capitals in the second leg of the IPL but then played against Mumbai Indians in the 14th 7 finals game where he must have picked up a tear while fighting the niggle. “Wriddhiman Saha has a hamstring tear,” SRH skipper David Warner confirmed the nature of injury during the toss before Sunday’s Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals. However the extent of the tear is still not clear.
It is understood that if Saha has a grade 1 tear which normally requires four weeks of rest & rehabilitation then he would be boarding the flight to Australia for the first test match starting on December 17. In case if he has a grade 2 of tear he will not be boarding a flight to Australia as he would require two months to recover fully. However with two wicketkeepers already in the Indian squad i.e. Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson, India may not require another stumper.
In order to shore up their batting, India prefer Pant in overseas conditions and Saha in home conditions where a better keeper becomes a necessity. During MSK Prasad’s tenure as the Chief Selector Andhra lad Kona Bharat was considered as a third red-ball option behind Pant and Saha.