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Ind vs SL: Wriddhiman Saha almost certain for 1st ODI against Sri Lanka

Cuttack: Uncertanity over the availability of Wriddhiman Saha, who had a split webbing in his right hand, for the first ODI of the five-match series against Sri Lanka seems to be over as the wicket-keeper batsman looked fit ahead of the opener here on Sunday.


Wriddhiman Saha

The Bengal wicket-keeper, who impressed during this year's IPL, looked in full flow during a full-fledged Indian training session under stand-in skipper Virat Kohli.

Saha batted for about 15 minutes and looked at ease and later a team official said the wicketkeeper batsman is "available" for the series opener at the Barabati Stadium.

Playing for East Zone, Saha lad split his right hand webbing during the Duleep Trophy semifinal against South as he did not come out to bat in the second innings that ended at 62 for nine, conceding an innings and 118 runs defeat in Lahli.

The 30-year-old has played two Tests and six ODIs for the senior national team in the sporadic chances he has got due to the ever-presence of regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Mainly dubbed as a classical wicket-keeper, who is best suited for the longer version, Saha has more than decent statistics in the List A format as a glovesman.

In 90 List 'A' matches so far, he has scored 2536 runs at a decent average of 43.72 with two hundreds and 18 half-centuries. He has also taken 109 catches and effected 12 stumpings.

Meanwhile, the Indian cricketers toiled for about three hours this morning and apart from Saha, the highlight of the session was Ravichandran Ashwin who is making a comeback after being 'rested' for the India-West Indies series.

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