Senior wicket keeper Wriddhiman Saha’s injury saga continued as he was diagnosed with a hamstring tear which is sure to raise questions about his availability for the upcoming Australian tour.
Now it will depend on what the BCCI Mandarins call it, given that physio Nitin Patel’s medical reports were recently analyzed due to differing views on IPL franchises.
Saha had stretched his groin while hitting against the Delhi Capitals in the IPL second leg, but then played against the Mumbai Indians in the 14th and final round match where he had to pick up a tear while combating the previous problem.
“Wriddhiman Saha has a tear in his hamstrings,” SRH skipper David Warner confirmed the nature of the injury in the draw ahead of Sunday’s Qualifier 2 against the Delhi Capitals.
However, the degree of the tear is still unclear.
It is understood that if Saha has a Grade 1 tear, which normally takes four weeks of rest and rehabilitation, then he would board the flight to Australia with the first test starting on December 17.
In case he has a Grade 2 tear, he will not board the flight to Australia as it would take a minimum of two months to recover.
However, with two wicket keepers already in the squad (Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson) India might not be looking for another stumper.
In order to strengthen their stick, India prefers Pant in overseas conditions and Saha in domestic conditions where a better keeper becomes necessary.
During MSK Prasad’s tenure as Chief Selector, young Andhra Kona Bharat was seen as a third red ball option behind Pant and Saha.