New Delhi: India wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha has voiced his admiration for former coach Anil Kumble and said that the players shared an open relationship with the legendary spinner while he was at the helm of the team.
In an interview to a leading daily, Saha said that Kumble focused mainly on the technical aspects of the game and helped in eradicating mistakes from the individual's game.
"Kumble was all about technical inputs. He told me to change my stance a bit and it helped me immensely. At this level, the coach cannot teach you everything. But then, his role becomes important from the outside," Saha was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
"Often, the players would react in the heat of the moment and might not be able to execute the plans. So Kumble used to analyse our mistakes and give us inputs on where we could improve. He was quite frank about his views and I never felt that the dressing room atmosphere was tense under him. We shared a very open relationship," he added.
Kumble has since parted ways with the Indian cricket team after a rather public fall-out with skipper Virat Kohli. Ravi Shastri — who was also the team director before Kumble — is the new head coach of the team and Saha feels that it will be 'good fun' to work with him.
"Shastri has a very positive mindset and is a great motivator. He shares a good rapport with every member of the squad and that helps in improving the dressing room atmosphere. This also encourages the players to give their best. It will be fun to work with him," said Saha.
In the last season, Saha performed brilliantly — both with the bat and behind the stumps — to cement his place in the team in longest format of the game. And Saha attributes the credit for his meteoric rise to skipper Kohli.
"It was a crucial season but then I never felt any pressure. Even when I got injured, I was confident of making a comeback. It was a result of the positive mindset which Kohli has imbibed in the team. But I am not dwelling in the past. All I can say is that I am more assured of my place in the Test side now," said Saha.
Saha hasn't played competitive cricket since the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League, however, the star wicket-keeper fees that he is prepared to perform well in Sri Lanka. Saha also warned his teammates that they cannot commit the mistake of taking the Islanders lightly despite their recent poor form.
"My preparation for the series took a hit because of the rains in Kolkata. I could only do indoor nets apart from playing in some club matches. So I have to work doubly hard now as we will be playing in an away series after a long time," the India wicket-keeper said.
"Despite Sri Lanka's recent performances, we cannot afford to take them lightly. With nothing to lose, they will be highly motivated to do well against us," he added.
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