Ahead of the India-South Africa Test series, Team India Skipper Virat Kohli briefed the media in Visakhapatnam on October 1. Kohli briefly spoke about fellow cricketer and teammate Wriddhiman Saha who is set to make a comeback after a prolonged period of injury. Kohli highlighted Saha's impeccable performance in the last few matches. He said, based on Saha's performance record, he was picked up to open first.
Addressing the press, Kohli confirmed that Saha will take over the gloves from Rishabh Pant in the upcoming Test series against South Africa. Kohli confirmed that Saha has been picked up to start for India as the wicket-keeper has completely recovered from his injury.
"Saha is fit and he is fine to go. He is going to start for us."
Saha in his previous appearences has delivered a fair performance said, Kohli. In addition, Kohli also asserted that when it comes to batting, Saha has played well and that him missing the previous matches was quite unfortunate. The skipper further added that Saha is the best keeper. Hence, the management has decided to let him start first for India.
"His keeping credentials are for everyone to see. He's played well for us whenever there was a chance with the bat too. According to me, he's the best keeper in the world. In these conditions and what he's done in past, he should start first." said Virat Kohli.
Furthermore, when asked about why Wriddhiman Saha did not immediately return to the game, Kohli was quoted saying Rishabh Pant performed well when he was given the opportunity. According to Kohli, Saha was ready to make a comeback. Even so, it was decided that he should be given sufficient time for a decent performance.
"Although Saha was almost going to start, we felt like it's better for him to ease back in things rather than forcing him to rather starting immediately." said Kohli
Kohli reportedly mentioned that Pant during his time in the previous season, performed well. His performance is what bagged him more opportunities said Kohli. However, Kohli still stressed on the fact that Saha would eventually make a comeback and that the team will root for him to take over. Moreover, the Captain said Saha performs well even when under pressure. Kohli stated that only a perfect moment was required to place Saha back in the game.
"Saha is someone who we will always back as a pure-keeper in Test cricket." added Kohli.
Virat Kohli also threw his weight behind opener Rohit Sharma to succeed in the longer format of the game and said there was 'no rush' for the Hit Man to perform.