Motera, not Eden, is my home, says Wriddhiman Saha of Bengal | Cricket News

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KOLKATA: The hurt and disillusionment were palpable as disgruntled Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha called Motera Stadium his new “ground” on Monday, having played his entire life at the iconic Eden Gardens.
It wouldn’t have been easy for the Gujarat Titans glovemaker to return to the scene, where he made Ranji’s dream debut with a hundred in 2007, but he won’t play for the state after a run-in with the establishment.
Saha is looking to leave Bengal national cricket after a CAB official questioned his commitment to Ranji’s state team.
“Here I am representing Gujarat so my home ground is Motera Stadium, I believe in it. Since I am no longer with KKR, Eden is not my home,” Saha said in a virtual media interaction ahead of their IPL Qualifier A clash against the Royals of Rajasthan.
While he called Motera his home ground, ironically not a single ongoing IPL game has been played in Ahmedabad so far.
When asked if he would play for Bengal again at Eden, the 37-year-old said: “I am unable to answer the second part of your question.”
“I may have played a lot of games here in the past, but I’m here to play an away game,” Saha said.
Veteran Stumper Saha disagreed with the establishment of the Bengal Cricket Association after he nominated him for the Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Jharkhand without his consent.
Saha was annoyed that CAB Deputy Secretary Debabrata Das questioned his commitment after retiring from the Ranji league scene.
Saha is irritated that his state association did not support him during his ‘difficult times’. He verbally requested a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the CAB to leave Bengal.

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Not thinking about team selection: Saha
Saha is currently enjoying a purple patch with the bat in the IPL with 312 runs from nine matches, including three half-centuries.
He was not chosen for the Indian Test squad with head coach Rahul Dravid letting him know that they were looking for a second, younger keeper in Rishabh Pant.
A furious Saha then expressed his anger against BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Dravid.
It’s no surprise, then, that Saha wasn’t chosen in the squad for the decisive one-off series against England at Edgbaston in June.
Saha said he doesn’t want to think too much about Team India’s selection and his repeated rebuffs anymore.
“It’s always the team first for me and not the individual performance. I don’t think about the selection (of the Indian team) because we are here to play the Qualifier One. All our attention is on the match “, said Saha on the eve of their IPL. Qualifier One against Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens.
“My main goal is always to contribute at bat, stay in every game I play and get the team over the line. That’s my first priority and it’s always a bonus to achieve a personal milestone – fifty or 100.”
Saha relishing the batting in the higher order
Talking about his rich form vein, Saha said he likes to hit at the top.
“The role given to me here suits me the best. I like to give my all and take risks in the first six overs,” he said.
“I’ve played in the qualifiers, the IPL final in the past. I’m aware of the surroundings, but it’s just another game for us. I won’t do anything more, it’s our planning” , did he declare.



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