Perhaps the best wicketkeeper in the country presently, Wriddhiman Saha, reflected on the current crisis which has plagued the sporting world currently, the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coronavirus outbreak forced all cricketing action to be suspended, canceled, or postponed. For Saha, it is his life and family which comes first.
The thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has also been postponed till April 15, which was initially scheduled to commence from March 29.
Saha affirmed that no one has a choice but to wait for the pandemic to die down, before the resumption of all sporting activities.
“Life and family come first. Then you can talk about sport. We all sacrifice a lot for the game, but eventually, if a lot of people are hampered, that is not necessary,” Saha stated during his interaction with IANS.
“So, we need to take appropriate precautions. For the time being, we all have to wait, and when the situation gets better, we all will look to do well in the IPL,” added Saha.
The Ranji Trophy Finals of 2018-19 just managed to conclude in time before the virus reached the shores of India.
Bengal came heart-wrenchingly close in their first appearance in the domestic league finals since the 2006-07 season. However, it was Cheteshwar Pujara’s Saurashtra team, which won their maiden Ranji Trophy title.
Saha, who took part in the finals representing Bengal, revealed that the game was even until the final day. But early wickets on Day 4 cost them the game.
“Bengal played so well throughout the season. They won tough games en-route to the final. I would have loved to win the Ranji Trophy with Bengal. But it’s a sport. Till the fifth day, it was a 50-50 match. But we lost early wickets on the fifth day, so it became tough for us,” concluded Saha.