IND vs NZ: Vikram Rathour says, ‘Wriddhiman Saha is No. 1 keeper in Rishabh Pant’s absence’

India batting coach Vikram Rathour was all praise for Saha after he scored an unbeaten gritty half-century, again proving his dogged abilities as a batter. The 37-year-old grabbed the opportunity ahead of Srikar Bharat to score a timely fifty to keep his place in India playing XI for Mumbai Test in absence of Rishabh Pant. Saha was only playing his first test of 2021 after featuring in India tour of Australia in December last year. Pant’s special show had put him on the bench throughout the year.

“He had a stiff neck so he was struggling a bit. Knowing Saha who is an ideal team man, I mean if we need him, he is gonna do whatever he is required. Being there and doing the tough thing for the team which he did today. He did extremely important work at that stage where the team was at that point and that is what we all expected from Wridhiman. He is always that been kind of person that you can count on and today he showed why we have that kind of belief in him,” the batting coach opined.

Talking about Wriddhiman’s role in the team, Vikram said: “As far Wridhi is concerned, unfortunately for him, we have a very special player in the form of Rishabh Pant. He is the No. 1 keeper of the team and he has done extremely well for us in the past few years. That’s the role Wridhiman has at the moment. He is there whenever we need him.”

In the third session, Wriddhiman Saha (61*) along with Axar Patel (28*) steadied the ship for hosts and helped India to set up a target of 284 in front of New Zealand.