Wriddhiman Saha

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Wriddhiman Saha
ঋদ্ধিমান সাহা
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Personal information
Full name Wriddhiman Saha
Born (1984-10-24) 24 October 1984 (age 32)
Siliguri, West Bengal, India
Nickname Papali
Batting style Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper
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 24 9 91 100
Runs scored 982 41 5054 2693
Batting average 32.73 13.66 42.11 42.74
100s/50s 3/4 0/0 11/29 2/19
Top score 117 16 203* 116
Catches/stumpings 43/8 17/1 212/30 123/15
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 9 March 2017

Wriddhiman Saha (born 24 October 1984) is an Indian cricketer. Saha has played International cricket for India and represents Bengal in India domestic cricket and the Kings XI Punjab in Indian Premier League. He is also the first and only cricketer to score a century in the Indian Premier League final.

In 2017, Saha became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score centuries in home as well as outside Asia.[citation needed]

Domestic career[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 century for Bengal on his Ranji debut landed him 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.

International Career[edit]

Test career[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 due to 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, where he made an important 35 in the first which helped Virat Kohli get his maiden Test Century.

He also toured South Africa in December 2013, New Zealand in February 2014 and England in July 2014 as part of the test squad but did not get a game.

On 9 December 2014, he was selected to play his first test match since January 2012 against Australia at the same ground where he played his last match because MS Dhoni was out with a thumb injury. He made a useful 25 in the first inning and 13 runs in the second inning.[1] He also played in the fourth match of the series and made 35 runs.

In 2016, he was selected for India's tour of West Indies as a wicket-keeper following Dhoni's retirement from test cricket.[2] In the first test against West Indies, Saha became the third wicket-keeper in Indian cricket history to feature in six dismissals in a test innings.[3]

On 19th March 2017, Saha scored a very crucial century at the time of crisis at JSCA International Stadium against Australia making 117 of 233 balls which include 8 fours and 1 six.  India were 328/6. Still, 123 behind Australia’s first innings total of 451 when he came to bat and added 199 for the seventh wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara.[4]

ODI career[edit]

After he scored 115 runs in the 2014 IPL final he was called to tour Bangladesh as part of the 15 man Squad to 3 ODIs against Bangladesh Cricket Team. Saha however failed to impress with the bat but he took the most catches by any player in the series.

Indian Premier League[edit]

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 reserve 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.

In the IPL Final against Kolkata Knight Riders Saha became the first player to score a hundred in an IPL final when he made an unbeaten 115 runs from 55 balls, including 10 fours and 8 sixes.[5]

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

No. Score Match Opponent Venue City Year Result
1 104 14  West Indies Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium St Lucia 2016

Won

2 106* 21  Bangladesh Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Hyderabad 2017 Won
3 117 24  Australia JSCA International Stadium Complex Ranchi 2017 Drawn

International awards[edit]

Test Man of the Match awards[edit]

No. Series Season Match Performance Result
1 2nd Test – New Zealand in India Test Series 2016/17 1st innings: 54* (85 balls,7×4, 2×6);
2nd innings: 58* (120 balls,6×4); 1ct.
 India won by 178 Runs.[6]

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