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India Star Speaks on Kishan-Iyer Contract Dispute

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Wriddhiman Saha, a veteran wicketkeeper for India, stated on Thursday that there is nothing that can be done “forcefully” to force a cricketer to play domestic cricket; rather, he added, it is the foundation and every player should value it enough to succeed. Saha’s response followed the BCCI’s announcement on Wednesday that Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer ‘were not considered for the annual contracts in this round of recommendations’ and that they would not be included in the annual player retainership list for the 2023–24 season. “That is BCCI’s decision and personal decision of concerned players. Forcefully, you can’t do anything,” the stumper said about Kishan and Iyer’s axe.

After participating in the 50-overs World Cup the previous year, these two players were very recently a part of the Indian team. Although Iyer played the first two Tests of the current series against England, Kishan was last included in the Test squad during India’s tour of South Africa in December.

Saha said a cricketer should treat every match with equal importance citing his own example.

“Whenever I am fit I play, even I played club matches, office matches as well. I always treat a match as a match. All matches are equal for me. If every player thinks on those lines, they will only prosper in their career and it will be better for Indian cricket as well,” he said.

“I feel the importance of domestic cricket is always there because if I talk about Sarfaraz Khan, he had scored plenty of runs in the last 4-5 years. Definitely, he has delivered.” Saha, meanwhile, termed the young wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel’s batting as ‘outstanding’. Jurel scored a gritty 46 on Test debut in the third Test and followed it up with scores of 90 and 39 in the fourth Test at Ranchi, earning himself the player of the match award.

“I have never seen him (Jurel) in domestic cricket, even in Test matches I have seen in him highlights. But his batting is outstanding, he won the last Test for the team,” he said.

Saha also feels the future of Indian cricket is bright because of its bench strength while once again underlining the importance of domestic circuit. “It is always good to see that your reserve bench is ready, whenever somebody is getting chance,” he said.

“Over that, some players are getting opportunity but don’t want to play, which they shouldn’t. Whenever you get a chance to play, you should play whether it is red ball or white ball,” said Saha, who played 40 Tests and scoreed 1,353 runs while affecting 104 dismissals (92 catches and 12 stumpings).

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