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Sanjay Manjrekar selects his wicket-keeper for the first Test against Australia

December 13, 2020

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The Indian team management has not revealed their thoughts regarding the wicket-keeping spot for the tests. Before the commencement of the Test series against Australia, the Indian team-management is facing issues over the wicket-keeping spot. The selection is likely to be between Saha and Pant

For quite some time now, Pant has been India’s first choice in overseas Tests because of his batting ability. However, the youngster has been performing poorly with the bat currently.

Things have started descending for Pant after his poor performance during the tour of the West Indies in 2019. Pant had to sit back for the entire home season. Later, Saha had to keep the wickets. Kohli and Ravi Shastri were applauding Saha for his wonderful exhibits behind the stumps throughout the season.

However, Pant was included in the playing eleven when India toured New Zealand for the two Tests. The 23-year-old could not grab the opportunity as he came up with modest knocks of 19, 25, 12, and 4. Before that, the Delhi-based lost his place in the playing eleven of the ODI and the T20I squads as well. He was also not a part of India’s ODI series against Australia.

Sanjay Manjrekar picks Saha over Pant

India’s team-management recently surprised everyone after including Saha in the playing eleven for the first tour game. The wicket-keeper batsman utilized the opportunity by scoring an unbeaten fifty in the second innings.

One more shocking reveals by the management was naming both Pant and Saha in the playing eleven for the ongoing second tour game. But both the players failed as they scored 5 and 0 respectively. 

The entire cricket fraternity and the fans are busy guessing India’s wicket-keeper for the first Test. However, former India batsman Manjrekar has revealed his choice.

When asked about his preference, the commentator went for W. Saha. The former cricketer explained that a wicket-keeper should be based on their wicket-keeping abilities in Tests. The pitch in Australia needs a better keeper against the pace, he added. A final decision regarding the spot will only be out on the eve of the opening Test match.

The 1st Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is to begin on December 17, in Adelaide. It will be a day-night venture and will be played with a pink ball. After the first Test, captain Virat Kohli will return home. Ajinkya Rahane will drive the Indian side in the next three Test matches.

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