Motera, not Eden, is my home says Wriddhiman Saha | from bengal cricket news

KOLKATA: The pain and disenchantment were palpable when Wriddhiman Saha, the disgruntled Indian wicketkeeper-batter, called Motera Stadium his new ‘home ground’ on Monday after playing at the legendary Eden Gardens all his life.
It would not have been easy for the Gujarat Titans gloveman to return to the venue where he made a dream debut with a hundred for Ranji in 2007 but will no longer play for the state following a clash with the establishment.
Saha is targeting an exit from Bengal cricket after a CAB official questioned his involvement with the state’s Ranji team.
“Here I represent Gujarat so my home ground is Motera Stadium, I believe in that. As I am no longer with KKR, the Eden is not my home,” Saha said in a virtual media interaction ahead of their IPL qualifier A clash against Rajasthan Royals.
Ironically, while he has called Motera his home ground, not a single match of the current IPL has been played in Ahmedabad.
Asked if he would play for Bengal again at the Eden, the 37-year-old said: “I can’t answer the second part of your question.”
“I may have played a lot of games here in the past but I’m here to play an away game,” said Saha.
Veteran Stumper Saha had been at odds with the formation of the Cricket Association of Bengal after they nominated him to play in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals against Jharkhand without his approval.
Saha was upset that CAB assistant secretary Debabrata Das questioned his involvement after he withdrew from Ranji League.
Saha is angry that his national association did not support him during his “tough times”. He has verbally asked the CAB for a security clearance (NOC) to leave Bengal.

Don’t think about team selection: Saha
Saha is currently enjoying a purple spot with the racquet in the IPL with 312 carries from nine games, including three half-centuries.
He was not selected for the India Test team as head coach Rahul Dravid informed him they were looking for a younger second goalkeeper along with Rishabh Pant.
An enraged Saha then vented his anger on both BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Dravid.
So it came as no surprise that Saha was not called up for the one-off crucial test against England at Edgbaston in June.
Saha said he no longer wanted to think much about Team India selection and their repeated snubs.
“For me, the team always comes first and not the individual performance. I’m not thinking about the selection (of the Indian team) as we are here to play Qualifier One. We’re fully focused on the game,” said Saha on the eve of her IPL Qualifier 1 against Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens.
“My main goal is always to contribute to batting, staying in every game I play and getting the team over the line. That’s my number one priority and it’s always a bonus to reach a personal milestone – fifty or 100.”
Saha enjoys hitting in top order
Discussing his rich streak of form, Saha said he enjoys batting at the top.
“The role I’ve been given here suits me best. I love to give my all and take some risks in the first six overs,” he said.
“I’ve played in qualifiers and IPL finals in the past. I’m aware of the environment but it’s just another game for us. We won’t do anything extra, that’s our plan,” he said.

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