Ahead of the first Test at Eden Gardens between India and Sri Lanka, Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has declared that his team’s goal is to win the opening Test and secure the momentum for the rest of the series.
Speaking to reporters after the practice session, Saha said, “We are yet to see the wicket but the first target is to win the first Test and get momentum to win the series. Every match is important and poses a different challenge, there’s nothing like preparation. We will go match by match. If we do better here then we will think of the SA series.”
Saha also spoke about the challenges that he faces while keeping to world-class bowlers. He rated R Ashwin ahead of others and said, “Ashwin is ahead of others. He has got many variations, also the length varies, so it’s tough against him. He has more variation than (Ravindra) Jadeja, Kuldeep (Yadav). We have played many matches in Ranji, India A and during practice. The more you keep, the better idea you develop. It becomes easier after a point. I’ve always played with them in all my 28 Tests,” he said.
“Your 50 per cent job is done mainly by reading the hand at the point of release then you see how it bounces off the pitch and turns. The challenge is to hold on to all the balls, even if it turns or not.”, he added.
Among the pacers, Saha chose Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami. “The ball wobbles after it goes past and it becomes tough for the wicketkeepers too. But being swing bowlers, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar there’s not much of a problem.”
When asked what the Indian team combination would be, Saha concluded by saying, “Ultimately we will decide as per the wicket and see who gets maximum purchase from the wicket.”