Aug 30, 2013
“When I went into bat, we were already five down for just 18 runs. From thereon, [Ajinkya] Rahane and myself stitched a 160-run partnership in conditions not very conducive to batting. Their bowlers, Beuran Hendricks and Kyle Abbott, were getting a fair amount of reverse swing, which made our task further difficult. Inputs from Duncan Fletcher, who was present till the second day of the contest in Pretoria, also came in handy. He doesn’t want us to tinker with our style of play. All he advises on is playing according to the demands of the situation,” Saha was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
Saha’s batting skills has always been questioned as compared to his wicketkeeping skills.
However, in the last few seasons, Saha has grown as a batsman. He has not only played well for the state but also for the India A team.
He runs came under the close scrutiny of national selector Vikram Rathod. However, the Bengal cricketer is not concerned whether it helps him earn a spot in the national team.
“I’m not too concerned about whether this innings provided me with a stronger platform or not… Rather, my long stay at the crease in difficult circumstances pleased me more,” he said.
Saha scored an unbeaten 77 in the second four-day match in Pretoria.