Vastavam web: At ease with the constant changes made to his batting position, Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha today said the number six slot in the Indian batting line-up is a flexible one depending on the conditions.In the first Test against Sri Lanka, Saha, who has a 40 plus average in first-class and three Test hundreds, came in at No.7 and 8 in both innings.While the opening slot has been shared between Murali Vijay, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara has been a steady one down with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane making the next two slots their own.
However, post VVS Laxman’s departure, the No 6 position, which requires someone to stem the rot in case of a collapse or face the second new ball with tail-enders, has not seen a permanent occupant.Like KL Rahul had said after the conclusion of the Test, Saha also felt that a few overs more could have ensured an Indian win.India had Sri Lanka on the mat at 76 for 7, chasing an improbable 231 before bad light ensured a draw.
“The team morale was fantastic even though we couldn’t bat as per expectation in the first innings. But we made a good comeback in the second innings. Shikhar, Rahul and Virat batted well and when you get them seven down for less than 100, it automatically boosts your morale.”We tried hard but initially if we could have got the first few decisions quickly, it could have been different. But time was also a constraint as we first wanted to be safe and set a score that was unattainable and then attack. That was our gameplan so that bowlers would go all out.”
With India going with five specialist bowlers, the glovesman knows that the onus of scoring runs in the middle and lower order rests on him, Jadeja and Ashwin.Once again asked whether the South Africa tour is there at the back of his and the Indian team’s mind, he stressed on staying in present.”I have always believed in match by match preparation.