Calcutta: If only Team Bengal's Ranji Trophy performance was as good as Mohun Bagan's at the CAB domestic level, Wriddhiman Saha would have been a much happier man.
On one hand he's part of a Bengal team that is going through yet another unsuccessful season. And on the other, Bagan ' the team he plays for in the local circuit ' registered a hat-trick of JC Mukherjee Trophy titles, beating East Bengal by seven wickets in the final on Wednesday.
Batting first, East Bengal finished at 158 for the loss of nine wickets. Arindam Das top-scored with 44.
In reply, Subhomoy Das hammered a 57-ball 87 to steer Bagan home with eight balls to spare.
For his part, though, Saha scored just five. But at the end of the day, he's a happy man, considering the final result.
However, at the state level, Saha does admit that a better performance from Bengal in the ongoing Ranji Trophy could have helped in bringing himself in the limelight, as far as his prospects in the national team are concerned.
For the record, despite Bengal's poor showings, Saha himself has been amongst runs on most occasions this season.
"It's collective effort that leads a team to victory... And victory then brings the team in the limelight. So taking everything into account, it would've been far easier for us to draw more attention and stay in the hunt," he said.
But he feels that he still needs to work a lot on his batting. "What I believe is that to reach the next level, I should try to improve further… Concentrating on just the weak points isn't enough."
Saha doesn't want to read too much into Bengal being a depleted outfit, going into their final Ranji encounter against Railways.
"For sure, we'll be missing some of our senior pros… Still, we need to make the most of our resources that are available at present," the 28-year-old signed off.
East Bengal 158/9 in 20 ovs (Arindam Das 44). Mohun Bagan 159/3 in 18.4 ovs (Subhomoy Das 87 not out). Mohun Bagan won by seven wkts