Wriddhiman Saha is at the center of the news these days. The wicket-keeper batsman revealed private conversation not only between him and Rahul Dravid but also between him and Ganguly. According to Saha, Dravid apparently suggested him to ‘retire’ in a subtle way. Netizens are speculating whether the Team India career for Saha has ended or is there a a chance for the player to make a comeback into the team.
Now former Australian cricketer, Brad Hogg has opined on Wriddhiman Saha retirement debate and according to him, the player should have retired after the South African series when Dravid informed him about the decision of seeking a younger keeper to groom.
“Wriddhiman Saha, one of the best wicket-keepers I have seen behind the stumps in International cricket and also a quality top order bat. Now he played a pivotal role in India’s dominance over the last decade as mainly a backup keeper to MS Dhoni and Pant. There was a period of time where he had the position to himself but he got injured and allowed Pant to dominate and he couldn’t get back into the team.”
“But after South African tour, Rahul Dravid came up to him and said, 37 years of age, your services moving forward won’t be required because we are looking for a younger keeper in that role because you’ve hardly played.”
“Now he should have taken this information on board, Retired and said I am concentrating on IPL cricket. He would have got a lot more money in that IPL auction because teams would have been after an aggressive opening batsman who can keep behind the stumps.”
Hogg believes that after the Rahul Dravid’s phone call was the time when Saha should have decided to hang up the boots. He should have got the idea and changed his tactics to concentrate more on batting because IPL teams would have wanted an aggressive batsman who could keep.
“Now lesson for everyone out there, sometime you see the writing on the wall, you’ve got to change the tactics, you’ve got to change career and go a different direction in your journey. Good Luck”