Saha upbeat about his innings against Kiwis

Kanpur: India wicket-keeper batter Wriddhiman Saha expressed happiness after his breakthrough performance in the ongoing first Test against New Zealand, here at Green Park Stadium on Sunday.

India ended day four on a high after half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer and Wriddhiman Saha allowed them to set New Zealand a target of 284 before Ravichandran Ashwin struck late to get the scalp of Will Young.

Shreyas Iyer again stole the show in his debut Test match with his knock of 65 helping India in a position of command on day four of the Kanpur Test. Taking to Twitter, Saha wrote, Success is not in what you have, but who you are. Glad to contribute to the Team’s cause. @BCCI.

Coming back to the match, the visitors now find themselves in a spot of bother ending on 4/1 and needing 280 runs to win on the final day. India on the other hand, will be confident of taking the nine wickets required for a victory on a pitch that is assisting their spinners.

Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer said that his strategy while playing against New Zealand was to focus on the ‘present’ and play as many balls as possible.

I had been in this situation before as well, not with the Indian team but with my Ranji team. The mindset was to play the session and play as many balls as possible. I wasn’t thinking too far ahead, was just focusing on the present. (On being the first Indian to score a ton and a fifty in debut Test) Yeah, I knew about it. When I came back, one of my teammates told me about it. Yeah, many others have done it from other teams but I was told I am the first from India.

It feels good but the most important thing is to win the match, Shreyas Iyer told host broadcasters Star Sports after the Stumps on Day 4. Rahul Sir had told me to bat as many balls as possible and I was determined to do that. We felt that 250 including the first-innings lead would have been a good score, so we’re very happy with where we are now. Actually, not a lot was happening with the wicket today, the ball was keeping a bit low. The talk was to get to a competitive total and I feel that it’s a really good total. We have real spin power, so hopefully, we can get the job done, he added.

NT Bureau