India’s first-choice wicketkeeper in Test cricket – Wriddhiman Saha on Thursday returned to the city after a shoulder injury in Manchester, oozed optimism that he would be fit for the Australia tour in December. Saha added that he won’t be able to move his hands for three weeks. “It’s not easy. You cannot move the hand and keep it at one position. It’s worse than facing fast bowlers. But this is the only way to go forward and make a comeback,” Saha told reporters.

Sporting a stubble, Saha’s right hand was heavily strapped from below the elbow. The 33-year-old had a labral repair surgery at the Arm Clinic in Manchester.

After a couple of weeks’ rest, Saha’s rehab would begin at the Bengaluru-based National Cricket Academy.

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During the Indian Premier League (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 ongoing tour of England.

The Australia Test series begins on December 6, which may be a realistic chance of Saha’s comeback plans.

“It’s still a long way to go for the Australia tour (in December). Let’s see, I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” he said.

“Nobody can have a say on an injury which is a part and parcel of a sportsperson’s career. But one should not play with the injury.”

“Normally in 55 per cent cases this injury does not recur after it’s healed. It all depends on the way I recover and how I recover. I don’t want to fasten it and take my time. I want to go slow so that this does not aggravate again,” he said.

(With IANS Inputs)