IND vs NZ: BCCI shares an update on Wriddhiman Saha’s injury

On Day 5 of the 1st Test against New Zealand, KS Bharat took the wicket-keeping gloves for India. Wriddhiman Saha, the regular keeper, is suffering from stiffness in his neck and will not be available to keep. Saha’s stiff neck was hurting his movement behind the stumps, according to the official Twitter handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Update: While keeping in the second innings, Wriddhiman Saha felt discomfort in his neck. While wicket-keeping, it was impeding his movement. On Day 5, KS Bharat would keep wickets in his absence, according to the BCCI’s tweet.

In the second innings against the Kiwis, Wriddhiman Saha performed an important knock for India. The right-handed hitter batted 61* off 126 deliveries for his side, assisting Ajinkya Rahane and his men in setting a target of 284 runs for the Black Caps. With the bat, Shreyas Iyer has been the driving force behind India’s success in the first Test. Iyer has saved the Indian team out of difficulty in both innings. While the 26-year-old struck a brilliant century in the first innings, he followed it up with a crucial 65 in the second.

After 18 overs, the New Zealand scoreboard reads 42/1. The crease is occupied by Tom Latham and William Somerville. Somerville has struck a 53-ball 22 and Latham is batting on 16 after 49 deliveries. The visitors’ only wicket has been taken by Ravichandran Ashwin. In the first Test, the Kiwis still need 242 runs to win. The first cricket Test match between India and New Zealand in Kanpur concluded in a draw after the umpires ruled that due to poor lighting, no further play could be completed. After an exciting fifth and final day at the Green Park stadium, New Zealand were 165 for nine when the stumps were called.

After a wicketless morning session, India quickly continued taking wickets in rapid succession, with Umesh Yadav striking with the first delivery after lunch to break the overnight batsmen Will Somerville and Tom Latham’s 76-run stand.