IND vs WI: Have deep respect for Wriddhiman Saha, he deserved honesty and clarity, says Rahul Dravid

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IND vs WI: Have deep respect for Wriddhiman Saha, he deserved honesty and clarity, says Rahul Dravid
IND vs WI: Have deep respect for Wriddhiman Saha, he deserved honesty and clarity, says Rahul Dravid

IND vs WI: Have deep respect for Wriddhiman Saha, he deserved honesty and clarity, says Rahul Dravid

IND vs WI: Team India head coach Rahul Dravid said that he spoke with Wriddhiman Saha earlier this year and told him that the management is trying to train a young wicketkeeper and that the Bengal cricketer’s time may be up.

Dravid’s clarification comes a day after Saha spoke out in the media about how Dravid suggested retirement because he wouldn’t be selected for the longest format.

“I am not actually hurt at all, I have deep respect for Wriddhiman Saha and his achievements and his contribution to Indian cricket. My conversation with him came from that place, I just felt that he deserved honesty and clarity. I did not want him to learn about it from the media. These are conversations I constantly have with players and I am not hurt about it. I do not expect players to always like the messages or to agree with everything I have to say,” said Dravid during a virtual press conference.

“You have difficult conversations with people. Sometimes you need to have them with players and you do not expect them to agree with you every time. I truly believe in having those conversations every time playing XI is picked. Even now, Rohit and I will speak to the guys who are not playing. It is natural for players to get hurt and feel respect, because of the respect I have for Wriddhiman. He deserved honesty and clarity,” he added.

Further talking about Saha, Dravid said:

“With Rishabh Pant being our No.1 keeper, the idea was to say that we are looking to groom a younger keeper. With only three Tests this year and that was it. This does not change my feelings or respect for Wriddhiman. However, the easiest thing for me is to not have those conversations, this is not who I am. At some stage, I hope they will respect that I was able to front up and have these conversations.”

Rohit Sharma was appointed as the new Test captain of the Indian men’s team. While veterans Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma, Saha, and Ajinkya Rahane have been dropped from the Sri Lanka series.