India specialist Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha said that it is difficult to fill in the void created due to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from longer version as the former skipper has been such a proven match-winner.
“After Dhoni bhai’s retirement, filling his place as the wicketkeeper is not an easy task because he has had won many matches for us. He was a dominant character in world cricket,” Saha told reporters after Indian team’s training session at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Saha said that in his own style, he is trying to do what Dhoni did best -- contribute in team’s cause.
“I am trying to do what Dhoni bhai did for us - that is to win matches with contributions coming from his bat as well as by taking catching and effecting stumpings in crucial situations,” he said.
The 31-year-old said that whenever he gets an opportunity, he speaks with Dhoni to seek his advice.
“We always talk to each other on every possible opportunity. We talk to each other as we did in IPL and India’s Australia tour. He gave me vital tips on how to keep on bouncy tracks and handle pressure while batting. Not only Dhoni, I talk to other players as well,” he added.
Saha said he would try to do better with the bat in West Indies tour as his performance wasn’t good in the last series.
“The team has done well in the last one year. We have done well in Australia and Sri Lanka, but my individual progress could have been better and would grab the opportunity to come up trumps in West Indies,” he said.
Asked how he planned to cement his place in the team in the absence of Dhoni, Saha said he would try to get better scores.
“I will try to make a good 70-odd runs to help the team gain advantage over the opposition. If I am successful it will be good for me and the side,” further added.