Monday, Aug 08, 2022

Wriddhiman Saha Has Hamstring Tear, Doubtful For India Vs Australia Series

Wriddhiman Saha missed crucial matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad during the all-important IPL Playoffs stage.

The exact nature of wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha's hamstring injury is still not clear. BCCI

Senior wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha's saga of picking up injuries continued as he has been diagnosed with a hamstring tear which is sure to raise questions about his availability for the upcoming tour of Australia.

It will now depend on what call BCCI mandarins take considering that physio Nitin Patel's medical reports have of late come under scanner due to divergent views of the IPL franchises.

Saha had stretched his groin while batting against Delhi Capitals in the second leg of the IPL but then played against Mumbai Indians in the 14th and final round game where he must have picked up a tear while fighting the earlier niggle.

"Wriddhiman Saha has a hamstring tear," SRH skipper David Warner confirmed the nature of injury during the toss before Sunday's Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi. (LIVE UPDATES) 

However, the degree of the tear is still not clear.

It is understood that if Saha has a grade 1 tear, which normally takes four weeks of rest and rehabilitation, then he would be boarding the flight to Australia with the first Test starting on December 17. (IND vs AUS FULL SCHEDULE) 

In case, he has a grade 2 tear, he will not be boarding the flight to Australia as he would need two months minimum to recover.

However, with two wicket-keepers already in the squad (Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson), India may not seek for a third keeper.

In order to shore up their batting, India prefer Pant in overseas conditions and Saha in home conditions where a better keeper becomes necessity.

During MSK Prasad's tenure as the chief selector, Andhra lad Kona Bharat was considered as a third red-ball option after Pant and Wriddhiman Saha.


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