Notwithstanding criticism that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is losing his midas touch, former Indian stumper Nayan Mongia believes the Indian skipper is still the safest wicketkeeper in the world and should lead India at least till next year's ICC World T20.
Wriddhiman Saha made a nice comeback from injury with a finely compiled 90 which complemented youngster Sudeep Chatterjee's patient 145 as Bengal managed 312 for nine against defending champions Karnataka in their opening Ranji Trophy match, here today.
Back to back half-centuries against Sri Lanka happened just at the time when Wriddhiman Saha needed a confidence-booster as he slowly recovers from a hamstring injury that prevented him from playing in the third Test of the series.
The freak injury to Wriddhiman Saha opening the door for him after a "long wait", Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha on Wednesday said he would be "under pressure" to perform if he makes the playing XI in the decisive third cricket Test against Sri Lanka starting Friday.
Indian opener Lokesh Rahul on Monday said that the thumping 248-run win in the second Test here will help his side renew their confidence as well as help them to go and win the series later in the third Test against Sri Lanka.
Madhya Padesh wicket-keeper Naman Ojha and Karnataka batsman Karun Nair were on Sunday named as replacements for injured Wriddhiman Saha and Murali Vijay, respectively, for the remainder of India's tour of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan middle-order batsman Lahiru Thirimanne was on Saturday fined 30 per cent of his match fee for "showing dissent at an umpires's decision" during the third day of the ongoing second cricket Test against India here.
Retiring legend Kumar Sangakkara failed to get a big knock in his swansong Test appearance but Sri Lanka overcame an early jolt to reach 140/3 after dismissing India for 393 in the first innings of the second cricket Test here today.