Mumbai: Indian cricketer Wriddhiman Saha struck a match-winning double ton on Tuesday to help Rest of India lift the Irani Cup as they beat Ranji Trophy champions Gujarat by six wickets.
The Irani Cup match was also seen as a battle between Saha and Parthiv Patel for the wicket-keeping slot in India’s Test side. The veteran Gujarat wicket-keeper took Saha’s place in the last three Tests against England after the latter was ruled out midway during the series due to a hamstring injury.
The double century would help Saha to seal his place in the team and the 32-year-old has credited Virender Sehwag for his attacking innings.
"Most of the shots that I played in the innings were lofted. Actually, it was Sehwag who once told me that if I can hit a couple of boundaries early in my innings (with lofted strokes), it automatically eases the pressure and also can get the bowlers rattled," Saha was quoted as saying by News18.com.
Saha revealed that he had planned to play lofted shots to put pressure on the opposition.
"So, all I was thinking was to go after the bowlers with lofted strokes. He (Sehwag) suggested that I should not curb my natural stroke play. If a ball is there to be hit, I should go after it," Saha said.
Shah’s unbeaten 203 was the wicket-keeper’s first double ton in any first-class match.
National team chief Selector MSK Prasad has already confirmed that Saha is India’s first choice wicket-keeper....