Saha suffered the injury during the IPL.
by Saurav Trivedi Author
India, yesterday, won the T20I series versus England by 2-1, which also marked their maiden T20I series triumph on English soil. However, they have had their reasons to worry with a few injury concerns over the past few weeks, After Washington Sundar and Jasprit Bumrah were ruled out earlier, Bhuvneshwar Kumar missed the last match owing to a stiff back.
To add to their woes, it has now been learned that Wriddhiman Saha, the Bengal wicketkeeper-batsman, might be ruled out of the upcoming Test series in August. The 33-year old is right to recover from the thumb injury he suffered during the Indian Premier League, playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was hit by a sharp bouncer from Shivam Mavi after which the injury triggered as per reports in Times Now.
“The injury is more serious”- Source
He also couldn’t play in the historic Test between India and Afghanistan which took place last month at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Dinesh Karthik replaced him in the squad. Karthik might again find a place in the team provided Saha doesn’t attain the desired level of fitness. Parthiv Patel, who has played a few times for India in the last one year, may get an opportunity as well.
“The injury is more serious than it seemed. He is still wearing a soft plaster on his thumb. He is going through his fitness drills and very little cricket. It will be a huge risk if he goes to England with even one percent doubt in his mind. The selectors will pick a day for selection in another two days,” a source close to Saha mentioned while updating about his injury.
Bumrah is also uncertain to play the opening Test from August 1. For the time being, the Men in Blue’s next assignment is the ODI series, which gets underway from July 12 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham, the very venue where the highest ever score in the 50-over format was racked a few days ago.