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Sandeep Patil: Wriddhiman Saha is My Choice For Keeper in T20s

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In the game of cricket there are certain things which are more important than others- like having a good captain, a balanced side with a very good opening pair, a strong middle order and solid bowlers.

We also always talk about the importance of good captaincy, batsmanship and bowling but we always neglect the utmost important part of a balanced side, which is to have the best available wicket-keeper.

After the introduction of limited-overs cricket, most of the time wicket-keepers are given step-brotherly treatment.

Gone are the days when the wicket keeper was as important, if not more important, than the captain of the side.

India has seen many great wicket-keepers, from Narendra Tamahane to Farokh Engineer, Syed Kirmani to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

In today’s times, the demand is always high for a utility cricketer rather than a specialized cricketer and this happens only thanks to limited-overs cricket. If you ask me, wicket-keepers do the most thankless job in the game.

India always have had great spinners and today with the admission of a number of quality fast bowlers, this current Indian team is considered as the most formidable attack in World Cricket.

We have a very good record in and out of India, but after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to take a break after the 2019 ICC World cup last summer, we still haven’t zeroed in on a wicket-keeper to replace him.

I have no objection in giving chances, giving backing and showing faith in young talents. It is no secret that it is going to be difficult to fill Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s shoes, both as captain and as a wicket-keeping batsman.

We are very well aware of the role played by Rahul Dravid as a make-shift keeper under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy. In Dhoni’s absence we have seen Parthiv Patel, Kedar Jadhav, Naman Ojha, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and so many others donning the gloves. But even today we have not found an ideal replacement for Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

How many chances and how many more games are the selectors going to give to Rishabh Pant? And if Mahendra Singh Dhoni returns to international cricket, are we going to forget Rishabh Pant?

For me the best available and most talented wicket-keeper we have as of now is Wriddhiman Saha. There are no ifs and buts in the game of cricket, it is everyone’s duty to perform after getting the chance and to step up for the team.

 

Rishabh Pant has tremendous ability but by persistently backing only one youngster are our selectors doing injustice to other talents like Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan.

 

Therefore, I ask- have we given enough chance to Wridhiman Saha, or is it that selectors have branded him as a test keeper only?

 

Link -https://www.thequint.com/sports/cricket/sandeep-patil-says-wriddhiman-saha-should-be-wicket-keeper-in-t20-for-india

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3 minutes ago, Ankit_sharma03 said:

Rishabh Pant has tremendous ability but by persistently backing only one youngster are our selectors doing injustice to other talents like Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan.

isnt samson himself doing injustice by not keeping in domestic?

is kishen even consistent in domestic or IPl ? his keeping has been very poor 

 

KL went back n kept wkts also in domestic

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7 minutes ago, Ankit_sharma03 said:

In the game of cricket there are certain things which are more important than others- like having a good captain, a balanced side with a very good opening pair, a strong middle order and solid bowlers.

We also always talk about the importance of good captaincy, batsmanship and bowling but we always neglect the utmost important part of a balanced side, which is to have the best available wicket-keeper.

After the introduction of limited-overs cricket, most of the time wicket-keepers are given step-brotherly treatment.

Gone are the days when the wicket keeper was as important, if not more important, than the captain of the side.

India has seen many great wicket-keepers, from Narendra Tamahane to Farokh Engineer, Syed Kirmani to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

In today’s times, the demand is always high for a utility cricketer rather than a specialized cricketer and this happens only thanks to limited-overs cricket. If you ask me, wicket-keepers do the most thankless job in the game.

India always have had great spinners and today with the admission of a number of quality fast bowlers, this current Indian team is considered as the most formidable attack in World Cricket.

We have a very good record in and out of India, but after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to take a break after the 2019 ICC World cup last summer, we still haven’t zeroed in on a wicket-keeper to replace him.

I have no objection in giving chances, giving backing and showing faith in young talents. It is no secret that it is going to be difficult to fill Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s shoes, both as captain and as a wicket-keeping batsman.

We are very well aware of the role played by Rahul Dravid as a make-shift keeper under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy. In Dhoni’s absence we have seen Parthiv Patel, Kedar Jadhav, Naman Ojha, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and so many others donning the gloves. But even today we have not found an ideal replacement for Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

How many chances and how many more games are the selectors going to give to Rishabh Pant? And if Mahendra Singh Dhoni returns to international cricket, are we going to forget Rishabh Pant?

For me the best available and most talented wicket-keeper we have as of now is Wriddhiman Saha. There are no ifs and buts in the game of cricket, it is everyone’s duty to perform after getting the chance and to step up for the team.

 

Rishabh Pant has tremendous ability but by persistently backing only one youngster are our selectors doing injustice to other talents like Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan.

 

Therefore, I ask- have we given enough chance to Wridhiman Saha, or is it that selectors have branded him as a test keeper only?

 

Link -https://www.thequint.com/sports/cricket/sandeep-patil-says-wriddhiman-saha-should-be-wicket-keeper-in-t20-for-india

Kaha se laate ho itna dimag?

 

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He is an ideal replacement for Dhoni - nearly 36, can’t do much with the bat, is in good books of coach and captain.

 

On a serious note, Saha has been injured right before another away test series. His finger was still under plaster till last week. With less than 5 weeks to go for the NZ tour, wonder how match fit he is going to be.

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Another ex-player and ex-selector to boot (shudder) talking out of wrong end of his body.

 

So Dhoni is the Lord of cricket who has taken a break and can waltz back in at anytime as per this genius? Pant is a better keeper than Dhoni against pace, which matters more now that we have a proper pace attack, and his batting is streets ahead of grampa despite sporadic self-destructive tendencies ...so guys like patil can pipe down in pant-dhoni debate. 

 

Yeah, Saha is best keeper in world probably, but we badly need a half decent wk-batsman in overseas tests..so Saha doesnt cut it.

 

Give pant some breathing room, ffs. If he still doesn't convince after 10 more T20s, only option is to go with KL just for this T20 WC.

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