|Full name||Wriddhiman Prasanta Saha|
24 October 1984 |
Saktigarh, Siliguri, West Bengal, India
|Batting style||Right hand bat|
|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||2 november 2014 v Sri Lanka|
|Domestic team information|
|2008-2010||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2011-2013||Chennai Super Kings|
|2014-present||Kings XI Punjab|
|Source: Cricinfo, September 6, 2014|
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.
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.
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.
Indian Premier League
Saha played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the first three sessions on IPL but in 2011 he was picked by Chennai Super Kings as a reverse wicketkeeper for MS Dhoni. He also represented the Super Kings in 2012 and 2013
In 2014 IPL Auction Saha was purchased by Kings XI Punjab as a specialist wicketkeeper. In the tournament Saha not only took some good catches but also contributed with the bat. He made 362 runs at an average of 32.90 and a strike rate of 145.38.
- "Kolkata knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab - Final". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
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