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Wriddhiman Saha has hamstring tear; all eyes on BCCI

Wriddhiman Saha's saga of picking up injuries continued as he has been diagnosed with a hamstring tear which is sure to raise questions about his availability for the upcoming tour of Australia.

By: PTI | November 8, 2020 9:17:30 pm
Wriddhiman Saha of Sunrisers Hyderabad raises his bat after scoring a fifty during match 56 of season 13 of the Dream 11 Indian Premier League (IPL) between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Mumbai Indians held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 3rd November 2020. Photo by: Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for BCCI

Senior wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha’s saga of picking up injuries continued as he has been diagnosed with a hamstring tear which is sure to raise questions about his availability for the upcoming tour of Australia.

It will now depend on what call BCCI mandarins take considering that physio Nitin Patel’s medical reports have of late come under scanner due to divergent views of the IPL franchises.

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 and final round game where he must have picked up a tear while fighting the earlier 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 degree of the tear is still not clear.

It is understood that if Saha has a grade 1 tear, which normally takes four weeks of rest and rehabilitation, then he would be boarding the flight to Australia with the first Test starting on December 17.

In case, he has a grade 2 tear, he will not be boarding the flight to Australia as he would need two months minimum to recover.

However, with two wicketkeepers already in the squad (Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson), India may not seek for 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 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.

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