When asked about the strength of Bangladesh, before leaving for Hyderabad on Tuesday (Feb 7) Saha said, “I am sure that on this sub-continent Bangladesh will be tougher than England. More importantly, they will have a better spin attack than England. Especially, their spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz, he can be costly for us if we overlook him. I have not seen his bowling so far. But in the recent matches against New Zealand he had excellent show.”
Saha added that Indian batsmen now seem to be more confident in executing sweep shot.
He said, “In the recently held Irani Trophy match I played a lot of sweep shots and it worked against the spinners.”
Saha had struck a superb double century in the Irani Trophy match against Ranji Trophy winners Gujarat.
The wicketkeeper said, “Playing sweep shot is the only way to thwart quality spin bowling. Sweep shot will be my key weapon to resist Bangaldesh spin attack in the Test.”
The 32-year stumper, however, had praise for Bagladesh team as a whole.
He said, “Now they have got enough experience in the field of international cricket. Along with good bowlers they also have some experienced and quality batsmen like Mushfikur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal. More importantly, they have a legendary bowling coach, Courtney Walsh. So, in total they are strong enough.”
When asked whether it would be little bit of embarrassing playing a Test after Syed Mustaq Ali Twenty20 tournament the wicket keeper replied, “It is the matter of adjustment. If I can adjust with the temperament of the character of the game then I should not be in difficulty.”