Wriddhiman Saha is sitting in the reserves for quite a few years © Getty Images
By The Flying Freak
Please note this is a humour article — work of pure fiction
Naman Ojha has been called as a back-up wicketkeeper after Wriddhiman Saha was injured in England. However, the Indian team management was extremely vague about the nature of injury to Saha which is very unusual. The reports from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) directly stated Ojha as replacement. Our sources though have revealed that Saha actually picked up a hip injury by sitting on the bench series after series. This is the real reason for the team management keeping mum about Saha’s injury which could otherwise be embarrassing.
“The last Test he played was in 2011-12 in Australia. Since then, he been confined to the dressing room. He knew the groundstaff and water supplier at every venue much better than he knew his fellow teammates thanks to this bench experience. However, in this series, India had packed two more players to warm the bench. Hence, Ishwar Pandey and Varun Aaron did Saha’s job leaving the back-up wicketkeeper virtually jobless. Saha was mostly confined to the bench and he picked an injury when he was asked to stand up and run with drinks to the field,” explained the source on condition of anonymity.
While the television media is yet to pick the issue and demand and answer for the nation, an enthusiastic Ojha has already booked his ticket to England. Looking at Saha, Ojha has been clever. Despite three centuries in Australia, Ojha hinted that he is mentally prepared for a Bench Debut. “I am in great form now. I will surely use this form to mix the drinks well and make my presence felt in the nets. I’m sure I will do a good job in keeping out of the bench in the series to come,” a confident Ojha said.
We’ve also learnt that, there have been many niggles which has kept such reserve players away from action. Rohit Sharma, the batsman who has sunk himself in talent had picked up a similar injury as Saha during the 2011-12 tour to Australia. As a result, despite India losing match after match in Australia, Rohit was not picked for any of the matches despite being in the best form. Then there have been bench strength legends like Manoj Tiwary who spent months on bench nursing a knee injury.
Saha himself refused to comment about the seriousness of his hip injury. Saha is the longest serving Indian cricketer with most talent absorbed by the bench! It would be interesting to see how well Ojha meets the demands of serving the dressing room.
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(The Flying Freak eats, lives, drinks cricket, but likes to mix up the sport with everything. An aspiring vocalist, he is aiming to win the Ghanta Awards soon.)