Injured India wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha will take at least four months to regain his full fitness. Saha has been out of action since the latter stages of IPL 2018 due to a finger injury. The 33-year-old is currently going through the rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.
“As per the doctors, it varies from body to body as far as full recovery is concerned. Safe to say, it will take four months,” Saha was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
“I have just started the rehab two days back at the NCA, I haven’t been told how long I would need to be here. But yes, a stretch of 3-4 months can take a toll, so I will be given breaks and be with family, come back and resume the rehab, something on these lines,” he added.
During the South Africa tour earlier this year, Saha had picked up a shoulder injury. Prior to the England tour, media reports had claimed that Saha’s injury wasn’t handled properly by the cricket board despite being detected early. The questions were also raised about Saha’s treatment being botched up at the NCA.
“When I came for a rehab from the South Africa tour, my shoulder injury was detected, which probably was because of some dive or something I can’t remember. I recovered fully after that. Then came the IPL where I injured my shoulder because of a couple of dives. I injured my thumb after I came back towards the latter stages in the IPL,” Saha remarked.
Given the unavailability of Wriddhiman Saha in India’s Test squad, the position of wicket-keeper has been occupied by Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant. The Bengal glovesman, however, is not bothered by the competition.
“It is always 3-4 days ahead of a game that I start thinking hard about the game. The thought now is whenever I return, I will try to do my best in the domestic games. I don’t know at what stage of the tournament will I return. It is about day by day work on this shoulder,” Saha asserted.