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With Dhoni still first choice does Saha have a chance of playing in 2019 World Cup?

September 13, 2017 10:55 IST

'My preparation is always aimed at bettering my performance. The rest depends on the selection committee. I don't perform to just play ODIs'

Wriddhaman Saha says India has a strong bench strength, which is a good way for India to prepare going forward 

IMAGE: Wriddhaman Saha says India has a strong bench strength, which is a good sign for the team as the World Cup nears. Photograph: BCCI

Mahendra Singh Dhoni might be firmly occupying the wicketkeeper's slot in India’s One-day Internationals but India's Test glovesman Wriddhiman Saha said he has not given up on his World Cup dreams and is pushing hard for a place in the squad for the 2019 quadrennial event.

"My wife badly wants me to play in the World Cup. She insists that I must push harder to achieve that. I am also trying, but ultimately the decision lies with the selectors," Saha, who will turn 33 next month, said.

 

Saha played down all compliments showered on him, including Sourav Ganguly's reported opinion that the Bengal stumper could replace Dhoni in limited overs cricket in future.

"My preparation is always aimed at bettering my performance. The rest depends on the selection committee. I don't perform to just play ODIs," said Saha, who has played just 9 ODIs thus far.

"Those who are saying (good things about my keeping) know better. Whatever I have learnt, I am trying to execute," he said.

Fresh from their 9-0 clean-sweep over Sri Lanka, India will take on Australia in a five-ODI, three T20Is limited overs series beginning in Chennai on September 17 and Saha feels Virat Kohli and Co will be tough to beat at home.

"Beating India in India will always be tough. Australia has done well last time but I will put India ahead," Saha, who is currently enjoying a break, said at a promotional event in Kolkata on Tuesday.

"India's bench strength is very strong. The team is preparing for the 2019 World Cup. That's why the rotation of players is happening. India has been performing well with all sets of players which is a good sign.

"Axar (Patel), (Yuzvendra) Chahal and Kuldeep (Yadav) playing in place of (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja. They are being prepared to strengthen the bench. If the need be, they can chip in," he added.

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