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I'm pushing hard for a place in 2019 World Cup team: Saha

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Singh might be firmly occupying the wicketkeeper's slot in ODIs but India's Test glovesman Wriddhiman Saha today said he has not given up on his World Cup dreams and is pushing hard to play in the 2019 quadrennial event. Saha said, in fact, it's his wife Romi who wishes to see him play in the World Cup. "My wife badly wants me to play in the World Cup. She insists that I must push harder to achieve that. I am also trying, but ultimately the decision lies with the selectors," Saha, who will turn 33 next month, said. Fresh from their 9-0 clean-sweep over Sri Lanka, will take on in a five-ODI, three T20Is limited overs series beginning in on September 17 and Saha feels Virat Kohli and Co will be tough to beat at home. "Beating in will always be tough. has done well last time but I will put ahead," Saha, who is currently enjoying a break, said at a promotional event here. "India's bench strength is very strong. The team is preparing for the 2019 World Cup. That's why the rotation of players is happening. has been performing well with all sets of players which is a good sign. "Axar (Patel), (Yuzvendra) Chahal and Kuldeep (Yadav) playing in place of (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja.

They are being prepared to strengthen the bench. If the need be, they can chip in," he added. Saha played down all compliments showered on him, including Sourav Ganguly's reported opinion that the Bengal stumper could replace in limited overs cricket in future. "My preparation is always aimed at bettering my performance. The rest depends on the selection committee. I don't perform to just play ODIs," said Saha, who is not a regular in ODIs with nine appearances. "Those who are saying (good things about my keeping) know better. Whatever I have learnt, I am trying to execute," he said.

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First Published: Tue, September 12 2017. 19:57 IST