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Wriddhiman Saha Interview: "I get to learn a lot from Dhoni"

2.18K   //    02 Dec 2012, 17:18 IST

India and Bengal wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has been in the reckoning for a regular spot in the national side for a long time now, but has never been able to break through consistently due to the stiff competition for the keeper’s spot in the India side. The 28-year old, who was included in the Indian test team in January against South Africa, also plays for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Sportskeeda caught up with the player for a quick chat:

With MS Dhoni currently wicketkeeping, and the likes of Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik in reserve, don’t you think the competition is intense for the keeper’s spot?

I don’t think about competition. I keep faith on myself and my game, and I know that the rest will fall into place.

Are you working on anything specific when it comes to your batting, to make a place in the Indian team your own in the future?

I haven’t made any changes in my batting style. I bat according to the situations.

Does Dhoni gives you any advice regarding wicketkeeping, since you both play for CSK?

Yes, I get to learn a lot from him. Everyone knows what a cool and calm captain he is, which is very encouraging for us, as he always keeps motivating you, unlike some others who get disappointed quickly.

Is making a comeback to the Indian team at the back of your mind?

Of course it is, but I don’t let it pressurize me. I work hard and aim to score good runs for my team. Selections are not in my hand anyway.


How do you keep yourself motivated?

I like to keep things simple and my mind calm. Once I finish playing, I love to play on my Play Station 3 and enjoy myself. I am a reserved kind of person off the field.

Bengal hasn’t had an outright win till now this season. Will you be hoping for one in this match against Mumbai?

We are taking it one match at a time, and hope to get six or seven points.

Sourav Ganguly no longer plays for Bengal. Does the team miss him?

Of course! We all miss Dada’s presence in the team, as when he is around the atmosphere in the team is highly energetic.

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