Picture of Wriddhiman Saha

Wriddhiman Saha

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
-
Played for:
India, East Zone, India A, India Blue, Indian Board President's XI, India Red, Rest of India, Kolkata, Punjab, Chennai, Bengal
Roles played:
WicketKeeper
ICC Rank:
Batting:
46
Bowling:
0
Home country:
India
Born:
October 24, 1984, Shaktigarh

Profile

Just as a reserve goalkeeper in any sport has to await his chance till the established one gives way, the scenario has become the same for modern day wicketkeepers.

Drafted into the Bengal side after regular glove-man Deep Dasgupta opted for the rebel league, Wriddhiman Saha’s century on his Ranji debut was instrumental in propelling him to the Indian T20 league stage where Kolkata signed him in 2008. Despite having McCullum and Taibu as specialist keepers in the team, the former’s reluctance to don the keeping gloves and the four-foreign player rule resulted in him playing a major chunk of the tournament and he displayed his batting talents with a half century. He was later bought by Chennai in 2011. Saha couldn’t get many chances with Dhoni taking the gloves and other prominent batsmen edging him easily into the playing XI. However, the 2014 season provides him with a new dawn as he was picked by Mohali in the auction, with no other specialist keeper in the squad.

A few fine performances for India A later helped Saha earn his maiden Test call-up in early 2010 as the team’s reserve wicket keeper with his chances of debuting next to impossible. However India’s bizarre decision to go into the series with just seven specialist batsmen backfired as Laxman and Rohit Sharma injured themselves before the game and with little time left, Saha was quickly drafted in as a specialist batsman. The nerves showed as he got out on a duck in the first innings but was more watchful in his second scoring 36. Dropped thereafter, he returned to the ODI version in late 2010, debuting against New Zealand after MS Dhoni was rested for the series. In 2011, he earned a surprise call-up to India’s ODI squad for the series in the West Indies, in the absence of most of the senior players.


Fast Facts

  • Wriddhiman Saha was involved in a 417 run stand which, at its time, was the highest partnership for the sixth wicket in Ranji Trophy and the third highest in Indian first-class cricket.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 28 40 1112 6 32.70 45.33 3 5 117
ODI 9 5 41 2 13.66 73.21 0 0 16
IPL 104 80 1557 19 25.52 130.73 1 6 115*
CLT20 12 11 95 4 13.57 101.06 0 0 42*
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 56 10 0
ODI 17 1 1
IPL 51 17 2
CLT20 7 3 3

Career

Span:
Test:
2010-2017
 
ODI:
2010-2014
 
IPL:
2008-2017
 
CLT20:
2011-2014
Test
Debut:
India Vs South Africa at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur - Feb 06, 2010
Last played:
India Vs Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy - Aug 12, 2017
ODI
Debut:
India Vs New Zealand at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Guwahati - Nov 28, 2010
Last played:
India Vs Sri Lanka at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - Nov 09, 2014
IPL
Debut:
Kolkata Vs Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Apr 18, 2008
Last played:
Punjab Vs Pune at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune - May 14, 2017
CLT20
Debut:
Chennai Vs Mumbai at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Sep 24, 2011
Last played:
Punjab Vs Chennai at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - Oct 02, 2014
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