Opening batting for Sunrisers Hyderabad is big plus for me: Saha

Vastavam web: Test specialist Wriddhiman Saha reckons that opening the batting for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a big positive for him.Saha has earlier opened the batting for Kings XI Punjab and even scored a hundred in a losing cause during the 2013 IPL final against Kolkata Knight Riders.

“I like to play my natural game. The coach (Tom Moody) and captain (Kane Williamson) have backed me on this and I have got opportunity to open the innings, which is a plus point. They have told me to play with freedom and play my natural shots,” Saha told here.Asked if he would continue opening the innings, Saha replied:”This depends on team management. If I do well as an opener, I will be entrusted to take up the responsibility but if I don’t come up to their expectations, then they may think of other options. But I want to even better my performance.” Saha believes that even copybook shots can fetch him runs and there is no need to play unconventional shots.

“I prefer to hit over the circle when opportunity comes (during the Powerplay overs). I play my regular cricketing shots and I have not come up with any unconventional stroke,” the Bengal stumper added.Saha admitted that solid show from the bowling unit has eased the pressure on the batsmen as they have not had to chase any stiff total so far.About IPL, which is over a decade-old , Saha said, “IPL is a great platform for any player, more so for budding players, it is such a platform where they get opportunity to rub shoulders with senior players from around the globe, which helps them to further improve their game.”

Saha, who has played 32 Tests for India, revealed that he has been fond of the shorter format of the game since the beginning. He recently hit 14 sixes en route a 20-ball hundred during a T20 inter-club game in Kolkata.