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Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Wriddhiman Saha may be included in squad if Bengal reach final, hints coach Arun Lal

  • Press Trust of India
  • March 2nd, 2020
  • 21:10:35 IST

Kolkata: Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha may be included in the Bengal Ranji Trophy squad if they reach the summit clash, coach Arun Lal hinted on Monday.

Bengal need seven wickets to defeat Karnataka in their ongoing last-four clash.

File image of Wriddhiman Saha. Reuters

File image of Wriddhiman Saha. Reuters

The Virat Kohli-led side preferred swashbuckling Rishabh Pant over Saha for the Test series against New Zealand, which India lost 0-2.

With the Test series over both Saha and Mohammed Shami would be available but it's unlikely that the speedster would play.

"They are both big players. We would like to have them in our side. But the match is not over yet," Bengal coach Arun Lal told PTI.

Chasing a stiff 352, Karnataka have lost both their star player KL Rahul (0) and skipper Karun Nair (6) cheaply to be 83/3 with two more days remaining in the match.

If Karnataka managed to pull off the victory, it would be their record run chase. Their previous highest run chase was 265 against Andhra in 2000-01.

Bengal, who won their previous Ranji title during Sourav Ganguly's debut season way back in 1989-90, are eyeing their first final in 13 years.

They had lost to Mumbai by 132 runs in their last final appearance in 2007.

Updated Date: March 02, 2020 21:10:35 IST

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