Indian wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who smashed 117-runs against Australia on Sunday, rated his 117-run knock as his best Test knock so far. He also said that the support of his teammates has played the key role in his batting as their support has had a positive influence on his batting.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha shared a partnership of 199 runs on Sunday to put India in a commanding position (lead of 152) in the third Test against Australia at Ranchi.
At the press conference, Saha said, “This is the best among the three I have. We badly needed partnership. My partnership began slowly. One of the best. Pujara always backed me to play my shots. Told me to be positive. I had the same approach here. I played in positive sense, so it came out well. Wicket-keeper batsman added. He told me to break it up and think of small, small partnerships of 10-20 runs each. I just backed my strength and showed respect to good balls.”
For his brilliant performance with the bat against the Aussie, Saha gives credit to his teammates, who boost his confidence by supporting him. Saha added, “I didn’t really change the way I batted. I’m backing myself more now. When I’m playing sweep shots or stepping out, I used to have doubts early in my career. Now the team is supporting me. It’s have a good effect on me.”
Saha recalled his 316-run unconquered stand with Pujara in the Irani Trophy final, which inspired them to bat well against Australia. He further stated, “The way Pujara was batting it never seemed we would lose a wicket. We did well in Irani Trophy. It was playing in our mind. We knew that we could do well if we back ourselves. We just tried to do that and looked for loose balls and run well between wickets.”
“Puji has so much patience. He scores 200-300 in domestic cricket almost routinely. He is always on the top of his game. He showed great patience here. He was losing partner at the other end, and we were not getting really big partnerships. He curtailed his shots, trying to build big partnerships.”
The Indian wicket-keeper said that the small bunter is constantly running on the ground as the Aussie pace duo of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood had some exchange with him. Saha added, “Little banter always goes on. Pujara was telling him ‘look at the scoreboard’. He was on 180-odd then. They said something to me as I just said ‘go back and bowl’. Nothing more than that.”
Wriddhiman Saha said about his practice against the short bowling, as he nicely played the rising deliveries from Australian pacers, “I practice batting against short bowling at the nets under the supervision of batting coach and Anil Bhai. My strength is leaving, and I try that.”
Saha praised Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja for his superb performance in the Australia’s first innings also said India would look to continue with the momentum created in the last session. He added, “We would look to bowl the same way and land the ball in the same areas consistently. Every bowler will be effective. The ball was turning and some are keeping straight. Jadeja’s one ball turned from the rough to bowl out Warner while the other one turned from the stump against Lyon. He’s doing well.”