Cricket is a cruel game to some but mostly to players who have surpassed a certain age. This seems to be the case with the veteran Indian batter, Wriddhiman Saha, who now thinks that, he won’t be selected for the Indian national team ever again.
Speaking to Aaj Tak about the same he said,
“Don’t think so I will be selected for India anymore. The coach and chief selectors had already informed me. If they wanted to select me, I could have been part of the England tour based on my IPL performance. It’s a clear decision (on their part). But I am only concerned about playing cricket. Till the time I am feeling good, I will continue.”
Speaking about his controversy with a journalist, the batter said, “An incident happened before Indian T20 League. I had decided then and there to not play for Bengal ever again. After playing for so long someone from CAB makes a comment like that (on me) and don’t act on them, it hurt me personally. So I have planned to play for some other states. I have been speaking to several of them but nothing is finalised yet.”
“My purpose was just to inform everyone that there are journalists who can go to this length for interviews. The guy has been involved in such incidents before but it came to light later. So maybe that’s why BCCI punished him. I have no say in that. I didn’t want to complaint initially because everyone has their career. However, if the other side has no regrets, then hard to keep quiet for long”, said Saha while explaining his side of things about the controversy.
The Shaktigarh-born batter has played 40 Test matches for India in which he made 1353 runs at an average of 29.41. He also played 9 ODI matches in which he could only make 41 runs in total. In the Indian T20 league, he scored 2427 runs in 144 matches.
Saha played for Gujarat in the this year’s edition of the Indian T20 League. He provided valuable starts and helped the team lift the title in their debut season. In 11 matches, he managed to score 317 runs at an average and a strike rate of 31.7 and 122.39 respectively.