Saha in doubt for England tour after IPL injury

Test cricket

India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha suffered an injury to his right thumb while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League Qualifier 2 against Kolkata Knight Riders on 25th May 2018 at the Eden Gardens.

The BCCI do not as yet know the extent of the injury and whether or not he will be fit in time to line up against England.

A press release issued by the BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary read: “To determine the future course of injury management, Mr Saha will see a specialist and the BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor his progress.”

In the recent past Parthiv Patel has been the preferred choice as India’s back up Test keeper but the excellent form of Dinesh Karthik and Risabh Pant could give MSK Prasad and the selectors some headaches.

Karthik has not played Test cricket since 2010 but has featured for India in limited overs cricket including an inspired display in the Nidahas Trophy final that saw his team triumph.

Pant was on fire during the IPL and has been touted as a long term multi-format solution to India’s wicketkeeper position.

Patel came under fire for his keeping during his most recent Test match at Centurion against the Proteas, dropping Hashim Amla on 30, putting in a performance that may open the door for Karthik or Pant to take on England.

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