Saha is the regular wicketkeeper for the Test team and he was injured when Pant made his way into the longer format. Saha has some potential to make big runs and has shown some character in tough situations in previous occasions. With Test Championship going, team management thought it is not fair to risk with Pant whose shot selection is bizarre in the recent games. Pant has been falling short of runs in the limited-overs format and has consistently performed bad.
While announcing that Wriddhiman Saha will replace Rishabh Pant in the first Test against South Africa, Team India captain Virat Kohli said, "Saha’s keeping credentials are for everyone to see." "According to me, he is the best keeper in the world. It's the right time for Saha to come back and get into his zone," Kohli added.