Wriddhiman Saha recently revealed that he was indirectly told to ‘retire’ by the head coach Rahul Dravid during the South African series. Dravid has now said that he is not hurt by what Saha has spoken about the private conversation between the two of them.
“I’m actually not hurt at all. I have deep respect for Wriddhi and his achievements and his contribution to Indian cricket. My conversation came from that place. I think he deserved honesty and clarity,”
Saha earlier revealed that the selectors are not looking at him for the Sri Lankan series and that he may continue to play Ranji. Dravid said that it he will do such conversations if needed even though they are difficult to have.
“Easiest thing for me is to not have those conversations and not speak to players about it. That’s not what I am going to do. But at some stage, I hope they respect the fact that I was able to front up and have those conversations,” said Dravid
With Rishabh Pant having established his place as the no.1 wicket-keeper-batsman, it does look that Saha’s career unfortunately may have come to an end. In his international career of 4 years till now, Pant has played some memorable knocks, especially in the overseas conditions of England, Australia and South Africa. He has scored century in all difficult conditions except in New Zealand.
I don’t expect players to always agree with everything I say about them : Rahul Dravid
Known as the ‘Wall’ of the Indian Cricket Team, Dravid is well-aware of the fact that players will not agree to everything that he will opines about them and that is ok with it. However, he believes that it is important to have difficult conversations rather than avoid it by all means.
“It’s about conversations I constantly have with players. I don’t expect players to always agree with everything I say about them. That’s not how it works. You can have difficult conversations with the players, but that doesn’t mean you brush it under the carpet and don’t have the conversations