Irani Trophy 2017: Wriddhiman Saha, not Parthiv Patel, an automatic choice for Tests, says Sourav Ganguly

Kolkata: Echoing national selection committee chairman MSK Prasad's words, former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said Bengal wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is ahead of Parthiv Patel in race to play Test cricket.

Wriddhiman struck a career-best first class score of 203 not out in an unbroken 316-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara (123*) to help Rest of India (ROI) defeat Gujarat by six wickets and win the Irani Cup.

Wriddhiman Saha sent out a strong message to the selectors with his unbeaten 203 that helped Rest of India win the Irani Trophy. AP

Wriddhiman Saha sent out a strong message to the selectors with his unbeaten 203 that helped Rest of India win the Irani Trophy. AP

"This is domestic cricket but Wriddhi has been successful at the Test level, so he's an automatic choice. Parthiv is good but he will have to wait," Ganguly said.

He earlier felicitated the Cooch Behar Trophy-winning Bengal U-19 players and Ganguly underlined the significance of the 'Vision 2020' programme in grooming them.

"This association belongs to the players. Today Wriddhi scored a double century. Kanishk (Seth) and (Ishan) Porel were in the Vision 2020 for the whole season. Without system nothing will happen... That's the most important thing. That's the reason we have roped in the likes (Muttiah) Muralitharan and (VVS) Laxman and (TA) Sekar. You have to give them time. We already see a lot of difference. Look at Wriddhi, first double-hundred," Ganguly said.

The Board reportedly has put Kolkata on stand-by for the one-off India Bangladesh Test from 9 February, but the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president said he's not aware of any development.

"I've got no idea. There's a whole Ticket printing and other stuff. If it goes till the last minute, we cannot host it. There's a lot of work needs to be done like printing tickets. We will see," he said.


Updated Date: Jan 24, 2017 20:03 PM

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