Wriddhiman Saha

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Wriddhiman Saha
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Personal information
Full name Wriddhiman Prasanta Saha
Born (1984-10-24) 24 October 1984 (age 29)
Saktigarh, Siliguri, West Bengal, India
Nickname Papali, Pops
Batting style Right hand bat
Role Wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Test debut 6 February 2010 v South Africa
Last Test 24 January 2012 v Australia
ODI debut 28 November 2010 v New Zealand
Last ODI 4 December 2010 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007– Bengal
2008-2010 Kolkata Knight Riders
2011-2013 Chennai Super Kings
2014-present Kings XI Punjab
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 2 3 62 87
Runs scored 74 4 3764 2515
Batting average 18.50 4.00 45.90 44.91
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 8/22 2/18
Top score 36 4 178* 116
Catches/stumpings 2/0 6/0 158/15 103/12
Source: Cricinfo, 5 June 2014

Wriddhiman Saha (Bengali: ঋদ্ধিমান সাহা )(born 24 October 1984) is an Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and specialist wicket-keeper. Saha has played Test cricket for India and represents Bengal and the Kings XI Punjab in Indian Premier League.He is also the first cricketer to score a century for the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League finals played against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL-7.

Bengal[edit]

Saha made it through the ranks of the youth system, playing for the Under-19s and the Under-22s team before stepping up to first-class cricket. Saha made his one-day debut in the Ranji Trophy competition of 2006/07, against Assam. While he did not get the chance to perform with the bat during this game, he scored a duck in his debut innings in the following match. As he was nearing the end of his brief run in the Ranji Trophy, he played three one-day games for the East Zone in the Deodhar Trophy.

Saha made his first-class debut in the 2007-08 Ranji Trophy, against Hyderabad he scored 111 not out, becoming the 15th Bengal player to score a hundred on Ranji debut. Saha also made the East Zone team in the Duleep Trophy in the 2007-08 season.

Saha’s incredible century for Bengal on his Ranji debut shot him to fame and was significantly important in landing a contract with IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008. Saha played a major part of the tournament – thanks to the 4 foreigners rule and in the process displayed his batting talents besides his athleticism behind the stumps.

India A[edit]

Saha was named in the India A squad which played three limited overs match against the Israel Invitational XI, players made the side on the basis of his performances in the Indian Premier League. India A won the series 3-0, Saha scored an unbeaten 85 in the third match in which India chased 235. In the final match of IPL 7 in 2014, Saha scored a century (115 off 55 deliveries).

India Test Call Up[edit]

On 28 January 2010, Saha was included in the Indian Test squad as a reserve wicket-keeper in place of Dinesh Karthik for the upcoming home Test match series against South Africa. Although the squad was named for the first Test only, Saha's surprise inclusion raised a number of eyebrows. As Saha was a reserve gloveman, he was not expected to play, but V. V. S. Laxman failed to recover from injury and Rohit Sharma, the only reserve specialist batsman in the squad, injured himself playing football in the warm-up on the first morning. As another batsman could not be flown in on time, Saha was given his Test debut against South Africa on 6 February 2010 at Nagpur in unintended circumstances and had to play as a specialist batsman.

He scored a duck in the first innings but he scored a watchful 36 in the second innings. In both innings, fast bowler Dale Steyn took his wicket. India lost the Test and Saha was dropped from the squad for the second Test which India subsequently won to level the two-match series.

Saha played in the fourth match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy in January 2012 in place of MS Dhoni who was banned for slow over rate in the previous match.

Series vs Bangladesh[edit]

After a good IPL 2014, Saha was included into the Indian squad for ODIS against Bangladesh.Although he could not do much in a rainy series not managing a lot of runs but picked some catches.

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