India vs Bangladesh: We can't take visitors lightly despite our recent success, says Wriddhiman Saha

PTI, Feb, 05 2017

Kolkata: Resounding success against England and New Zealand notwithstanding, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha on Sunday said his team will not take Bangladesh lightly in the one-off Test beginning 9 February in Hyderabad.

"Ranking-wise one may think they will be easier opponents on paper. But we cannot underestimate them before taking on to the field. It all depends on the situation on a given day. We have to approach the situation accordingly," Saha told reporters before flying out to join the team in Hyderabad.

File photo of India wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha. AP

Wriddhiman Saha has been in great form in domestic cricket, hitting a career-best 203 not out in Irani Trophy 2017. AP

In their last Test series, India hammered England 4-0 after a 3-0 whitewash against New Zealand, but Saha said it would be about starting afresh against Bangladesh.

"Everyone wants do well on the field. You may not do what you think. It's about converting your thoughts into a good performance."

Bangladesh's first-ever Test in India will be a prelude to the Australia's four-Test series against the same side beginning 23 February in Pune.

"I don't know when are the Aussies coming but as of now the focus is on Bangladesh Test. After they're here we will think about it," he said.

Fresh from a career-best 203 not out for Rest of India in the Irani Trophy, Saha guided Bengal to the top of East Zone in the Twenty20 league for the Inter State Twenty-20 Tournament.

"It's difficult to be consistent in Twenty20 format. But we have done well in all the three -- bowling, batting and fielding -- departments of the game. It's an outstanding show," he said of Bengal who won all their four East Zone league matches.

With the Test in four days' time, it's time to switch style but Saha said it would not be an issue for him.

"It's all about the mindset and the right ball to choose. Having played for so many years, it would not be an issue. Now it's time to shift focus to Test format, it would not be a problem though.

"I will think after reaching there tomorrow morning. My approach remains the same," Saha signed off.

Published Date: Feb 05, 2017 | Updated Date: Feb 05, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115