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Rahul Dravid: Saha deserved 'honesty and clarity', not hurt by his comments

Rahul Dravid has responded to the comments made by Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha after dropping him for the Test series against Sri Lanka. After India's 3-0 series win over West Indies, Dravid was asked about the selection call and how he felt about a private conversation being played out the way it has, in public.

"I'm not hurt at all," Dravid said. "I have a deep respect for Wriddhiman Saha and his achievements and contributions to Indian cricket. My conversation with him actually came from that place, from my respect for him. He deserved honesty and clarity. I didn't want him to hear about it from the media.

"These are conversations I constantly have with players. I'm not hurt about it at all because I don't expect players to always like all the messages or agree with everything I have to say about them. That's not how it works. When you have difficult conversations with people - sometimes you have to have them with players - you don't always expect them to agree with you or like you, but that doesn't mean you brush it under the carpet and don't have the conversations

Saha told that the Indian Head Coach suggested he retire from International cricket as the management wanted to groom a youngster as an understudy to the incumbent Rishabh Pant. Saha also aimed shots at the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly for not being true to his word of ensuring his place in the side as long as he was at the helm.

"Even coach Rahul Dravid suggested that I think about taking retirement," Wriddhiman Saha further added.

"When I hit an unbeaten 61 taking a painkiller in the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur last November, Dadi (as Sourav Ganguly was referred to by Bengal players) congratulated me over Whatsapp. He even mentioned that I should not worry about anything as long as he is at the helm of the BCCI. Such a message from the board President really boosted my confidence. But I failed to understand why everything changed so fast," Wriddhiman Saha vented.

The BCCI named Rohit Sharma as India's permanent Test captain while senior pros Rahane and Pujara along with Saha have been dropped. The Chairman of Selectors, Chetan Sharma refused to elaborate the grounds on which the Bengal wicketkeeper was omitted saying it was a combined decision from the selection panel.

Saha also tweeted a phone conversation between him and an unnamed journalist which contained threatening messages aimed at Saha for refusing an interview with the journalist.

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