Wriddhiman Saha (Image courtesy: AFP)
Wriddhiman Saha (Image courtesy: AFP)

India’s first-choice wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has been ruled out of the Test against Afghanistan. Saha was hit on his thumb by Shivam Mavi while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Saha had a poor IPL season, scoring 87 runs from 10 matches at 12.42. According to cricbuzz, a BCCI official was quoted: “Saha has been advised rest as his medical report says he has a broken thumb and he can only play after 5-6 week.” Parthiv Patel or Dinesh Karthik are likely to replace Saha as an announcement is expected soon. Rishabh Pant is another potential replacement.

While talking to the reporters on the sidelines of the launch of his cricket coaching programme with Kalighat Club, Saha stated he is surely on the verge of missing the Afghanistan Test. “It’s not in my hands. Personally, I feel I might not get fit in time. A Mumbai-based doctor who is in touch with me will take a call after examining the X-Ray in a few days. I cannot comment on whether I would be taking part in the Afghanistan Test. The BCCI is keeping a track on my injury on a day-to-day basis. It will depend on how I recover and whether I do in time for the one-off Test. It’s not only about the historic occasion. Missing a game is always disappointing. To me every match is important,” he added.

This is the second time in 2018 that Saha has suffered an injury. He pulled a hamstring during India’s tour of South Africa, which forced him to sit out of second and third Tests. Parthiv, already in the squad, played instead, while Karthik was flown in. If fit, Saha is likely to board the flight to England for India’s 5-Test series starting August 1.

India squad for Afghanistan Test: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur. Withdrawn: Wriddhiman Saha (wk).