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Following a decent run in the Test series against hosts Sri Lanka so far, India‘s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha on Monday said that keeping on turning wickets is a challenge. However, he enjoys it more when spinners like Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Aswhin are bowling on such wickets. It was these two bowlers, whose magical spells did the damage for the Sri Lankans and allowed them to win the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club on Saturday, therefore allowing them to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. The highlight of his keeping was when he pulled off a couple of stunning catches to get rid of Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017 – 2nd Test at Colombo

“I enjoy keeping to Ashwin-Jadeja on such wickets. If a lot of balls come to the keeper it is good, otherwise we only get 10-12 balls all day coming to us. If you get more balls coming to you then you are always more focussed. If you have to adjust to the bounce you have to get up a little early and it went well. It is a basic. I have been seeing and learning this from childhood that you have to get up with the bounce of ball. But on this track there was more bounce so I changed a bit to get up a fraction earlier,” said Saha, as reported by PTI.

“The wicket had some spots where the ball was getting more bounce, almost like a bouncer off spinners as well. I was getting up early for the bounce but pacers weren t bouncing it as much. Hardik or Shami, they were using slower balls and cutters, so I was standing up so that edge could carry but they didn t come apart from that inner edge off Kusal Mendis. We have to make such adjustments. We work and prepare differently with R Sridhar for such pitches,” he added. Wriddhiman Saha: Dressing room atmosphere was never tense under Anil Kumble

“First when Mendis got the inner edge I thought he will be bowled, the ball came in but hit the pad and lobbed up. The pace was slow so I got more time to get to the ball and I could dive because of that time based on my assumption. It was a good wicket. It helped increase my confidence on a tough wicket. The Mathews catch just stuck. I was lucky. It could have gone over Ajinkya Rahane but I was lucky it got stuck,” he continued.

Speaking on his best catches till date, he said, “Steve O Keefe in Pune (2015), AB de Villers in Bangalore (2015), and Mathew Wade in Bangalore (2017), I think they are my best catches in Test cricket.” He also spoke on batting at No. 7. “Team management sets the batting order, whether no. 6 or 7, whatever they decide we have to apply ourselves accordingly. They see who can bat better with the lower order and adapt and they want to extend the batting line up also by sending Ashwin ahead and holding me back. He is consistently making runs and taking wickets, so individual preferences don t count. Team is always first. Whether I bat at 6, 7 or 8 it doesn t matter, if the ball is to be hit I will hit it. But we have to take the situation into consideration,” he said. Ravi Shastri is a very positive coach, says Wriddhiman Saha

Finally, he also said on his role involved in the DRS. “Virat has always said that whoever is close to the wicket should give input. And bowlers individual view too do the bowlers think the batsman is out or not, 100 percent sure or not, how much confident is the bowler and the fielders around. So after we tell him all this, he decides and takes the final decision. Sometimes, I have said yes but Virat has not taken DRS and it has also happened that I have said no but he has taken the review. So plus-minus happens but we decide on DRS as a team. But afterwards Virat doesn t say why did you take the DRS or did not take DRS,” he concluded.