IPL 2018: Wriddhiman Saha says he's ready to bat lower down the order for Sunrisers Hyderabad

Wriddhiman Saha further said the England tour later this year would be tough and he said they would look forward to early departure to acclimatise to the conditions.

PTI, March 22, 2018

Kolkata: Wriddhiman Saha prefers to bat at the top but the India Test wicketkeeper-batsman said he is ready to bat lower down the order for his new Indian Premier League (IPL) side Sunrisers Hyderabad as they have a formidable duo of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan to open the innings.

File image of Wriddhiman Saha. PTI

File image of Wriddhiman Saha. PTI

Sunrisers will face Rajasthan Royals at home two days later to begin their campaign in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League.

"I prefer batting at the top but I have kept rotating in terms of my batting position. With SRH, I will probably bat in the lower middle order. We have great openers (Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner) so they will do well. I am ready to bat anywhere for the team," said Saha, who was bought by former champions Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 5 crore.

"I was playing in Mohali and I know the wicket there. Now I will be playing for Hyderabad, so I will have to adjust to the wicket. As far as gelling with the players is concerned, it won't be a problem. Everybody is familiar at this level," the fit-again Saha said.

Asked about keeping against Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, he said: "I will practice with him at the nets. I have played his bowling and got out too."

On the toughest opponents, he said: "I would like my team to win but Chennai have a good team and have bench strength."

Saha further said the England tour later this year would be tough and he said they would look forward to early departure to acclimatise to the conditions.

India lost 1-2 in the Test series against South Africa, in which lack of proper preparation had affected the team's performance.

India will play five Tests in England from August 1, preceded by the T20Is and ODIs.

"England will be tough. We have to play well. It will help if we can go there early," he said.

"In England first is T20 and one-dayers. We are ready to go one month in advance as well for the Tests."

Saha said it would be difficult to keep wickets against the moving ball at England.

"I have never played in England for India. I have played with the India A team there. It is challenging to keep wickets there as the ball moves quite a lot. There is dampness also," he said.

Updated Date: Mar 22, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Punjab
6 5 1 0 10
2
Chennai
5 4 1 0 8
3
Kolkata
6 3 3 0 6
4
Hyderabad
5 3 2 0 6
5
Rajasthan
6 3 3 0 6
6
Bangalore
5 2 3 0 4
7
Mumbai
5 1 4 0 2
8
Delhi
6 1 5 0 2



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 5154 117
3 New Zealand 3886 102
4 Australia 4599 102
5 England 5029 97
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 7496 117
4 New Zealand 7081 114
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3763 130
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 4341 124
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 England 2402 114
6 South Africa 2551 111

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