India may have gotten the better of New Zealand and England in recent Tests, but wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha, on Sunday, stated that India will not take Bangladesh lightly in the off-Test that will kick-off in February 9 in Hyderabad.
"Ranking-wise one may think they will be easier opponents on paper. But we cannot underestimate them before taking on to the field. It all depends on the situation on a given day. We have to approach it accordingly," Wriddhiman Saha was quoted as saying in an NDTV report.
He was speaking before flying out to join the team in Hyderabad. India’s recent Test wins were England 4-0 and 3-0 against New Zealand, but Saha said they would start afresh against Bangladesh, "Everyone wants do well on the field. You may not do what you think. It's about converting your thoughts into a good performance," he added.
Bangladesh will be playing their first-ever Test in India, which will be followed by Australia’s tour of India. "I don't know when are the Aussies coming but as of now the focus is on Bangladesh Test. After they're here we will think about it," Saha added.
Saha, who was chosen over the well-performing Parthiv Patel for the Bangladesh Test, hit a career-best 203 not out for Rest of India in the Irani Trophy. Saha also starred for Bengal in the Twenty20 league for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
"It's difficult to be consistent in Twenty20 format. But we have done well in all the three -- bowling, batting and fielding -- departments of the game. It's an outstanding show," he said, speaking about Bengal, who won all their four East Zone league games.
Now it’s time for the Tests, but Saha says changing batting styles is not an issue for him. "It's all about the mindset and the right ball to choose,” he signed off.
--By A Cricket Correspondent