Saha has been facing injury problems since the tour of South Africa, and had returned early to nurse his hamstring. During the IPL, Saha suffered a thumb injury that kept him out of the one-off Test against Afghanistan in June.
It was later discovered that Saha was carrying a shoulder injury that ruled him out of contention for the tour of England. It was reliably learnt that Saha’s injury was thought to be a minor one during the South African tour, but the rehabilitation process at the NCA was botched up.
A senior BCCI official, speaking to Cricketnext, had said Saha could require anything between six to eight months before he is can return to action. It is unlikely he will be fit in time for the tour to Australia that starts later in the year.
In Saha’s absence, Dinesh Karthik is keeping wickets for India with 20-year old Rishabh Pant selected as his back-up. Saha has played 32 Tests so far, scoring 1164 runs with three centuries. He has taken 75 catches and effected 10 stumpings.
First Published: August 1, 2018, 6:09 PM IST