In Sunday’s IPL 2023 match at the Narendra Modi Stadium against Gujarat Titans and the Lucknow Super Giants, Wriddhiman Saha played a stunning knock. Saha scored an insane 81 runs off just 43 balls by taking full advantage of the crease to smash both pacers and spinners all over the park.
BCCI declared that “There can be no better replacement for KL Rahul”.The BCCI selectors were asked to substitute Saha for KL Rahul in the World Test Championship final on the way to that blitzkrieg knock.
Wriddhiman Saha was recommended by BCCI for the WTC final
@BCCI do you have any better option than Wriddhiman Saha as a WK Batsman for WTC final???
He is the kind of player who always keeps on working hard even knowing that he will not get selected. 🏏#WTCFinal2023 #GTvsLSG pic.twitter.com/VCMi2eMZxU
— 🌸🍁🌺 (@Prisha__Kaur) May 7, 2023
perfect replacement for kl rahul in wtc final🏏#Saha pic.twitter.com/3FheaQ7K55
— Aryan_raj (@_rajaryann_) May 7, 2023
The batter in the partnership gets the most attention. Shubman Gill had trouble identifying the gaps in the powerplay. A replacement for KL Rahul for the World Test Championship final was requested. Saha was named by BCCI selectors.
In the day game, Saha was given the opportunity to bat first and promptly dispatched Mohsin Khan for back-to-back boundaries in the first over before slamming Avesh Khan for a six and a four in the following.
As Gujarat achieved their highest-ever IPL score of 78/0 during the playoff. He eventually amassed six boundaries and three maximums during the powerplay itself. In just 23 balls, Saha scored 54 runs off those runs.
Social media was flooded with requests for the BCCI selectors as Saha neared his 20-ball half-century. And they deemed it the ideal time to name Saha as KL Rahul’s replacement for the injured player in the WTC final against Australia next month.
Dodda Ganesh, a former India pacer was one of the first to tease the idea. Rahul was formally declared ineligible to play in the remaining games of the current IPL 2023 earlier this week. After suffering an injury while playing in the game against RCB a few weeks prior.
LSG stated on Friday that “further tests and scans have regrettably confirmed a significant tendon tear in Rahul, necessitating surgery. He is now officially out of the WTC final as well. Leaving KS Bharat as the only available wicketkeeper for India.
While BCCI relied on Ajinkya Rahane because of his experience in the WTC final. The selectors may also take Saha into consideration for the same reason, albeit as a backup option. The IPL 2023 wicketkeeper-batter has been in good form. And his 43-ball 81 on Sunday helped him reach 273 runs in 11 innings.