Wriddhiman Saha wants to replace MS Dhoni in India's ODI squad, play 2019 World Cup

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Wriddhiman Saha wants to replace MS Dhoni in limited overs squad, play 2019 World Cup

Kolkata, Sep 13: India's wicketkeeper in the longest format Wriddhiman Saha wants to give a competition to the present glovesman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who at present has firmly occupied the slot in the ODIs.

Saha has revealed that he has not given up on his dreams of making it to the limited overs squad and he's pushing hard to play in the 2019 ICC World Cup.

According to the 32-year-old Bengal stumper, it's his wife Romi who wishes to see him play for India in the quadrennial event.

"My wife badly wants me to play in the World Cup. She insists that I must push harder to achieve that. I am also trying, but ultimately the decision lies with the selectors," Saha, who will turn 33 next month, said.

Fresh from their 9-0 clean-sweep over Sri Lanka, India will take on Australia in a five-ODI, three T20Is limited overs series beginning in Chennai on September 17 and Saha feels Virat Kohli and Co will be tough to beat at home.

"Beating India in India will always be tough. Australia has done well last time but I will put India ahead," Saha, who is currently enjoying a break, said at a promotional event here.

Saha stressed that Men In Blue enjoy a solid bench strength and the rotation of players is being done keeping 2019 World Cup in mind.

"India's bench strength is very strong. The team is preparing for the 2019 World Cup. That's why the rotation of players is happening. India has been performing well with all sets of players which is a good sign.

"Axar (Patel), (Yuzvendra) Chahal and Kuldeep (Yadav) playing in place of (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja. They are being prepared to strengthen the bench. If the need be, they can chip in," he added.

Saha played down all compliments showered on him, including Sourav Ganguly's reported opinion that the Bengal stumper could replace Dhoni in limited overs cricket in future.

"My preparation is always aimed at bettering my performance. The rest depends on the selection committee. I don't perform to just play ODIs," said Saha, who is not a regular in ODIs with nine appearances.

"Those who are saying (good things about my keeping) know better. Whatever I have learnt, I am trying to execute," he said.

Story first published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 11:07 [IST]
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