Wriddhiman Saha does not mind being flexible with the position he comes in to bat at Image: AFP
India wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha brushed aside talk of frequent changes in his batting position, saying the no. 6 slot in the Indian batting line-up is a flexible one, depending on the conditions.
"It's not that I always bat at no. 7 or no. 8 as I have batted at no. 6 also. We (along with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja) are being rotated as the batting position depends on the strength of the opposition bowlers," Saha told reporters ahead of India's second Test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur starting Friday.
In the first rubber against the tourists, Saha came in at No.7 and 8 in the first and second innings, respectively.
Saha has played at no. 6, but in the Indian second innings in Kolkata, he came as low as no. 8, not exactly common among wicketkeeper-batsmen these days.
"Favourable conditions determine the slots whether it is 6, 7 or 8. It can be any position as per the team management's call," Saha said, making it clear that he is not rigid about any slot.
Like KL Rahul had said after the conclusion of the Test, Saha also felt that a few overs more could have ensured an Indian win.
Talking about the last Test where replying to India's second innings score of 352/8 declared, the visitors were reeling at 75/7 chasing 231, when umpires Nigel Llong and Joel Wilson decided there was not enough light to continue the game, Saha said, "The team morale was fantastic even though we couldn't bat as per expectation in the first innings.
"But we made a good comeback in the second innings. Shikhar (Dhawan), Rahul and Virat (Kohli) batted well and when you get them seven down for less than 100, it automatically boosts your morale.
"Maybe with a bit more time at our disposal, we could have won," the 33-year-old Bengal stumper reflected.