After MS Dhoni’s retirement from test cricket in 2014, selectors had given Wriddhiman Saha the chance as wicket-keeper. He succeeded to settle his place in the team and became the first choice of wicket-keeper in tests. But in 2018, he faced a shoulder injury and following he saw a downfall in his career.
34-year old was replaced by young and prominent wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant who impressed everyone in a short period. After smashing centuries in England and Australia, Pant became the first choice of wicket-keeper in test and Saha started disappearing from selectors’ sight.
However, Wriddhiman Saha performed brilliantly with the bat in domestic cricket and forced selectors to pick him as the back-up of Rishabh Pant. On the other hand, Pant has been inconsistent since becoming the first choice for wicket-keeper in all three formats. It cost him his place in test playing eleven. Before South Africa series, Virat Kohli had announced that Wriddhiman Saha will keep the wickets in all 3 matches.
Wriddhiman Saha Both Catches
So far, 34-year hasn’t got enough chances to bat in the series but as always he has impressed everyone with his keeping. During 4th day of the second test match against South Africa, Wriddhiman Saha showcased a magnificent display of his fitness.
1st Catch Video:
In the 6th over of the day, Theunis de Bruyn edged a Umesh Yadav’s delivery down the leg side. The right-handed keeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha was quick to flying towards his left and grabbed the catch with one hand. This piece of fielding left Virat Kohli and co. stunned. Yesterday too Wriddhiman Saha took a stunning catch to send Theunis de Bruyn back to the pavilion.
Saha took another mind-blowing catch in the innings. This time South African skipper Faf du Plessis was the victim. Saha took this catch after juggling the ball for the fourth time.
2nd Catch Video:
Earlier today, Virat Kohli enforced the follow-on and invited visitors to bat again. South Africa’s struggle in this series continues. When this article was posted, the Proteas team was on 79 at the loss of 5 wickets. Currently, they are trailing by 247 runs. So far in this innings, only Dean Elgar has reached the double figures mark. Elgar departed scoring 48 in R Ashwin’s over.