India’s wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha has suffered a thumb injury prior to the one match game against Afghanistan which would commence from June 14 at Bengaluru. Wriddhiman Saha injured his thumb during IPL time while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Qualifier-2 game against KKR on May 25.
When BCCI was asked about his position in the squad and the severity of the injury, they replied,”To determine the future course of injury management, Mr. Saha will see a specialist and the BCCI Medical team will continue to monitor his progress.”
With Saha now being out of the picture against the Afghanistan test, the selectors would have to rope in someone as his replacement in the one match contest before wasting any more time.
Let’s look at the 3 players who can be a possible replacement for the injured Wriddhiman Saha in the one-off test
The aggressive left-hand batsman was one of the top performers for Delhi Daredevils in the recently concluded Indian Premier League. His stellar performance with the bat helped him to be tagged as the Emerging player of the tournament with the most aggressive strike rate in this edition of the cash-rich tournament.
Pant would be a top contender for Wriddhiman’s spot in the team, given the fact that he could also be a perfect replacement for Kohli in the number 3 position. With young Pant in the side, the Indian team would finally manage to get a strong middle order, something which has been a concern for them in the recent years in the longer format.
His presence in the side will surely strengthen the middle order of the Indian cricket team.
He is someone who can easily slip into the shoes of an opening batsman or a middle order batsman and a reliable wicket-keeper for the Indian cricket team.
Parthiv Patel possesses the ability to hold on the innings from one end, rotate the strike as well as take on the opposition bowlers with his aggressive style of play when needed.
He was called during India’s tour of South Africa to replace Wriddhiman Saha for the last 2 games in the dawn of this year. With the experience, he brings to the side, he will surely be a tough contender for the wicket-keeper spot in the match against Afganistan.
He played a highly significant role in leading his team to the playoffs in this edition of the cash-rich tournament. With his stellar batting performance, high-class wicket-keeping he garnered praise from many stalwarts from the Indian cricket arena.
Dinesh looks in pretty good touch with the bat as he amassed 498 runs at an average of 49.8 in the biggest T20 tournament in the World, not to forget his decent strike rate of 147.77 which he maintained consistently throughout the tournament.
He has been in a splendid form since 2017 and him replacing Wriddhiman Saha would be the aptest replacement which could surely work for the team. Also, with Rahane captaining the side in this one-off test against the Afghanistan side, Dinesh Karthik would look on to don the role of a vice-captain as well, thus being the 2nd in command.