Wriddhiman Saha stated he doesn’t really feel any strain due to Rishabh Pant’s kind with the bat as a result of he thinks of himself as a specialist wicketkeeper. Saha had been picked for the first Test vs Australia in the current sequence, however Pant was most popular over him in the following matches after Saha scored 9 and 4 in the match. Pant ultimately went on to play a main function in India’s 2-1 sequence victory.
“I have been hearing these comparisons 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,” Saha informed TOI.
Saha additionally stated that wicketkeeping, in Tests, needs to be a specialist function as a result of one missed chance can change the end result of a match.
“There are situations when a missed chance can change the result of a match. Wicketkeeping 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 stated.
Pant’s capacity to show matches round together with his counter-attacking batting makes him a useful asset to the group, however his wicketkeeping usually leaves a lot to be desired. He was additionally criticised after lacking a flurry of catches throughout the Australia sequence.
Speaking on Pant’s wicketkeeping, Saha stated, “Look, now that Pant is keeping I am sure he will work on it and try to get better. The team management is keeping faith in him and I am sure they know what to prioritise – his batting or keeping.”