With the 11th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is just around the corner, India's Test wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has said that he is willing to bat any given position for his new franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Saha, who prefers to bat the top, was roped in by Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 5 crores during the IPL auction in January. Considering the fact that SRH already boast a formidable opening pair of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan, the 33-year-old Saha is mentally prepared to be flexible.
“I prefer batting at the top but I have kept rotating in terms of my batting position. With SRH, I will probably bat in the lower middle order. We have great openers (Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner) so they will do well. I am ready to bat anywhere for the team,” Saha was quoted by PTI as saying.
“I was playing in Mohali and I know the wicket there. Now I will be playing for Hyderabad, so I will have to adjust to the wicket. As far as gelling with the players is concerned, it won’t be a problem. Everybody is familiar at this level,” he added.
When asked about keeping to Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, Saha said: "I will practice with him at the nets. I have played his bowling and got out too."
Sharing his views on the toughest opponents in IPL 2018, Saha singled out the returning franchise Chennai Super Kings as a team to beat.
"I would like my team to win but Chennai have a good team and have bench strength," he opined.
Talking about India’s next assignment in England later this year, Saha admitted that it would be challenging tour for Virat Kohli and company. He also asserted that wicket-keeping would be difficult on swinging conditions of England.
"England will be tough. We have to play well. It will help if we can go there early. In England first is T20 and one-dayers. We are ready to go one month in advance as well for the Tests,” Saha said.
"I have never played in England for India. I have played with the India A team there. It is challenging to keep wickets there as the ball moves quite a lot. There is dampness also," he concluded.