The "Phoenix" in the form of Wriddhiman Saha is once again asserting his mettle!
Wriddhiman Saha - The Phoenix
If Indian team management, selectors and BCCI mandarins indeed work for the welfare and benefits of the national team; then not only should they honorably reinstate Wriddhiman Saha in Indian Test eleven.
Updated 20 May 2022, 5:54 am
Throughout his IPL career, Saha has all along not only displayed excellent batting skills in limited opportunities; he also remains the first Centurion in the history of IPL final (2014)! Yet, far from rewarding him with a place in the Indian T20 team for that smashing 49-ball century against KKR; an "artificial" tag had been imposed upon Saha by the "pundits" that he is not suitable for the T20 format as well as in ODI (merely nine appearances)! So his consecutive good show in front of the wicket in IPL has always been consciously ignored by the national selectors! Hardly a wonder, given the bizarre declaration of the Indian team management that Saha would not be considered in Test eleven immediately after his stupendous Test saving innings of 61 not out in Kanpur versus New Zealand by overcoming severe pain due to stiff neck! Indian team management, selectors and the BCCI have remained true to their words ! So he was replaced with Rishabh Pant in the very next Test series against South Africa and relegated to the dressing room! And ultimately Saha has been shown the door during the home Test series against Sri Lanka!
If the best wicketkeeper of the world, who also performs with bat specially when chips are down, can be so heartlessly and nakedly excluded from the Indian Test squad with "transparency" enough that he is "not in the radar of the team management any more"(that too when that Kanpur Test was still alive!); Saha's inclusion in India's white ball format, based on his IPL performance, was too much to expect!
Despite such blatant discrimination against him since last 6 months --- starting with his position and performance being publicly undermined by the team management in Kanpur, getting relegated to the dressing room in South Africa due to the return of "Special Pant" in the playing eleven after completion of his "rest" and ending with his inevitable sacking thereafter --- and also not to forget his off-field battle against a threat-issuing journalist; Saha has maintained his cool and composure and preferred to offer a strong reply to his detractors both through bat as well as gloves, though he knows very well that his excellence would not be rewarded by the powers who matter in national level! He was left stranded in the dressing room even by the Gujarat Titans in early stages of this edition of IPL; but has excellently utilised the much-belated arrival of the opportunities with a series of match-winning half centuries as opener coupled with unbelievable catches and stumpings!
If Indian team management, selectors and BCCI mandarins indeed work for the welfare and benefits of the national team; then not only should they honorably reinstate Wriddhiman Saha in Indian Test eleven, they should also include him in ODI and T20 teams also, that too as an Opener. However in the disgusting environment of bias, prejudice, favouritism; it is too much to expect due reward and justice for Saha.
Lastly, billions of thanks to Wriddhiman Saha for being the epitome of perseverance, "Never-Say-Die '' attitude and for constantly reminding us of the adage "When the going gets Tough, the Tough gets going" and "Karmanye vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana"( Keep on performing your duties without expecting for any reward in return)!
First published:20 May 2022, 5:54 am
Special Contributor, KOLKATA, West Bengal