Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha will be getting his injured right-shoulder operated in Manchester, UK by the end of this month or early August. BCCI gave Saha the option to pick between Mumbai and Manchester as the place to get his shoulder operated and the keeper picked the later.
Saha is currently nursing a shoulder problem which he picked up while rehabilitating at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). It was reported that the stumper picked up the knock during a gym session at the NCA.
However, his shoulder injury was first picked up in South Africa while taking a catch during the first Test earlier this year. “It became serious after he hurt the same part during a gym session at the NCA under a senior physio. It has now aggravated and could be serious,” an insider said.
Saha, who had injured his thumb during the Indian Premier League, missed out on the one-off Test against Afghanistan and has now also been ruled out of the first three Tests of the five-match series against England starting August 1. Dinesh Karthik has been included in the 18-member Indian squad along with Rishabh Pant for England Tests.
The 33-year-old will be travelling to Manchester with his wife, she has given application for visa. “He was informed by the BCCI that surgery is the only option and that he could decide between Mumbai or Manchester to get the surgery done. His wife’s visa application has been forwarded by the board and the process shall be completed at the earliest,” the source said to cricketnext.
“The surgery will take place either at the end of this month or early next month, depending on when they finally arrive in England. It is too early to speak about his return and a call can only be taken after taking a look at his recovery speed. It could be anything between 6 to 8 months,” the source added.
If the recovery takes six to eight months, it might be possible that Saha, who has been India’s first choice wicketkeeper, will miss the Australia Tour as well.
Saha has played 32 Tests for India scoring 1164 runs averaging 30.63. He has taken 75 catches and effected 10 stumpings, earning a name for himself as one of the finest wicketkeepers in the game.