Kolkata comeback a ‘morale booster’ – Saha

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By 2017-11-23

India's comeback in the second innings of the Kolkata Test against Sri Lanka boosted the team's morale, wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha said on Wednesday (November 22). Having lost the toss, India struggled on a pacer-friendly surface at Eden Gardens and were able to muster only 172. Even though Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami bowled well in reply, Sri Lanka still managed to fetch a healthy 122-run lead that put India in a spot of bother.

"We could not play that well in the first innings as we wanted to," Saha admitted. "But, the way we batted in the second innings and then the bowlers attacking is a morale booster for us. We came close to the result. If we had more time, possibly we could have won."

Despite coming so close, Saha doesn't consider it as an opportunity lost for India as the initial target was to save the game after losing momentum in the first innings. "We tried to take 10 wickets in the second innings, we took seven of them. Time was also spoken about. First, we looked to save, when to declare, then if they cannot go for it, then attack. Team plan was for bowlers to go and attack and they took seven wickets," Saha pointed out.

Something that's come up for debate in recent times is Saha's position in the batting order. "The management decides," Saha mentioned. "Not that every match, I have batted at No. 7. Sometimes I have gone at No. 6 and Ashwin has batted after me. We keep rotating. Depending on the opposition, even Jadeja has batted at No. 6. So between the three of us, we keep rotating. The team management decides what conditions favour which particular player, and we are ready."

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