Indian wicket keeper and batsman Dinesh Karthik praised compatriot and compatriot Wriddhiman Saha as one of the best wicket keepers in the world and possibly India’s best glove at the moment.
Currently, Wriddhiman Saha is part of the Indian squad which faces England in a series of four test matches. However, he last played a test match for India in Adelaide in 2020, which India lost. After that match, India decided to bring in Rishabh Pant to strengthen the stick as Virat Kohli returned home on paternal leave, which meant leaving Wriddhiman Saha aside.
Since then he hasn’t been able to make his way into the squad, although Team India prefers him at home, where his holding skills are invaluable due to the difficulty levels. But Rishabh Pant has also shown a huge improvement with the gloves lately, and thanks to his purple patch with the bat, has been preferred in the current series.
Indian team management to keep Wriddhiman Saha as second choice goalkeeper for the foreseeable future: Dinesh Karthik
Speaking with Sportskeeda.com’s Indranil Basu, Dinesh Karthik hailed Wriddhiman Saha as India’s best wicket keeper and urged the Indian team’s management to keep him as a second-choice wicket keeper for as long as ‘he is able to play at the highest level.
“Without a doubt, Wriddhiman Saha is India’s best glove. To be honest, he’s one of the best glove makers in the world. I sincerely hope that they will keep him in the system as a second keeper for a long, long time. They shouldn’t give away the second goalie slot, ” said Dinesh Karthik.
“I really hope Saha gets his due and until the moment he wants to play they should keep him as a second keeper because of his experience. He will certainly play as a goalkeeper-beater in most of the cricket world. Just unlucky right now in India, Rishabh Pant is in front of him ”, he explained.
Wriddhiman Saha is a natural guardian and makes capture easy: Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik, who made his Test debut in 2004, said that by observing Saha closely, he noticed that the Bengal glove is a natural goalkeeper who is a great receiver of the ball, which makes the catch very. easy. He also called it special when it comes to having soft soft hands.
“He’s a very natural keeper of what I’ve observed. He is able to make difficult holds a lot easier, and that has always been a trait of someone who is very special. He is very athletic; he has good hands. His ability to take catches and make things easy is what sets him apart. Karthik added.
However, before concluding, Dinesh Karthik felt that the Indian team should continue with Saha as a backup keeper if Rishabh Pant gets injured, as Saha is just too good to ignore. The 36-year-old played 38 tests, scoring 1,251 points with an average of 29.09. Saha scored 3 centuries five 50s in his testing career.
“Whenever they go overseas or even India, having a person like Wriddhiman Saha will give them a lot of confidence, knowing that if Rishabh stops, Saha will be a very, very capable replacement. Hopefully he plays as long as his body allows ”. Karthik concludes.