No problem playing under Maxwell in IPL despite tiff: Wriddhiman Saha

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Kolkata :  A day after India captain Virat Kohli said that he and his teammates are no longer friends with Australian cricketers, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha said that he would have no problem playing under Glenn Maxwell for Kings XI Punjab in the ensuing IPL and will have to abide by the decisions he takes as captain.


"That will be in the IPL. I have to accept the team's (KXIP) decision. What happened is now in the past. The feeling now is very good after winning the series," Saha, who was a member of the Indian team that beat Australia 2-1 in the four-Test series, told reporters here when asked about playing under Maxwell for Kings XI Punjab.

The series was marred by incessant sledging with the DRS controversy in the second Test adding to the growing hostilities between the two teams in the bitterly fought series.

Kohli, who did not play the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala due to a shoulder injury, said at the post-match press conference that "Australian cricketers are no longer friends".

Asked about India's aggressive approach in the series, Saha, who too had an altercation with Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood, said they have always been like this and it's nothing new.

"You might have felt that we were more aggressive in this series. But we have always been like this. In the West Indies, then Sri Lanka...we were always aggressive as a unit," he said.

In his six innings during the four Tests, the diminutive stumper took two brilliant catches and scored 174 runs, which included a century during the third Test in Ranchi.

Saha, in the first innings of that Test, stitched together a marathon 199-run stand for the seventh wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara.


Besides that, the Bengal keeper was also involved in crucial partnership with Man of the Series Ravindra Jadeja in the fourth Test with the pair engineering a 96-run association for the seventh wicket. This helped the hosts take the lead and eventually win the game after the Aussies collapsed for a paltry 137 in their second essay.