Wriddhiman Saha has been dropped from the Indian team for the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. He last featured for the Asian side during the two-match Test series against New Zealand, last year at home. As a matter of fact, he had scored a half-century in the first Test in Kanpur as well.
The keeper-batter recently spilled beans on the conversation he had with the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. He stated that the 49-year-old had congratulated him for his half-century at Green Park, and assured him a spot in the squad. Saha also revealed that Ganguly told him to not worry about anything as long as he is the BCCI president. He said that after such an assurance a sudden snub is not what he was expecting.
”When I hit an unbeaten 61 taking a pain-killer in the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur last November, Dada (as Sourav was referred to by Bengal players) congratulated me over Whatsapp. He even mentioned that I should not worry about anything so long as he is at the helm of the BCCI. Such a message from the board president really boosted my confidence. But I failed to understand why everything changed so fast,” said Wriddhiman Saha, as quoted by Zee News.
Saha further revealed that India coach Rahul Dravid had asked him to consider retirement. Further on, the 37-year-old stated that the team management has told him that he wouldn’t be considered to play for the Indian team anymore.
”The team management had told me that I would not be considered henceforth. I could not tell this so long as I was part of the India team setup. Even coach Rahul Dravid suggested that I think about taking retirement,” he said.
Thus, the contrasting statements told by the head coach and board President to Saha instantly went viral. It didn’t sit well with the fans either. It is yet to be seen if he ever plays for India again.