Wriddhiman Saha Biography
Wriddhiman Saha is a cricketer who represents India at international level and Bengal in Indian domestic cricket.
Born on 24 October 1984, Saha is a wicket-keeper and a right-hand batsman. The man from Bengal is the current first-choice wicketkeeper in the Indian Test team, having taken over the gloves after the retirement of MS Dhoni.
Saha made it through the ranks in Bengal cricket, playing for the Under-19 and Under-22 teams before being called up for first-class cricket. Saha made his debut in the Ranji Trophy against Hyderabad in the 2006-07 season.
He scored an unbeaten 111 and became the 15th Bengal player to score a century on his debut. He has represented East Zone in the national zonal competitions on multiple occasions.
Saha made his Test debut against South Africa at Nagpur in 2010, as a pure batsman. He was in the squad as the backup ‘keeper but a freak injury to Rohit Sharma in the warmup meant that Saha had to be drafted in.
He failed to score in the first innings but scored 36 in the second innings. facing the second most number of balls in that innings (150) as India hoped to salvaging a dire situation, but eventually tumbled to an innings defeat.
He made his ODI debut against New Zealand in November 2010 where he scored just 4 of 5 balls.
Rise to Glory
Saha was always overlooked due to the presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the national team. However, since Dhoni retired, Saha has not only proved his efficiency behind the wickets, but also with the bat.
Since July 2016, Saha featured in 13 Test matches in which he accumulated 615 runs, which is the fourth highest in the Indian team in this period, as India went on an unbeaten run in a grand home season.
While representing Kings XI Punjab in their maiden IPL final in 2014, Saha scored 115 of just 55 balls, as they entertained hopes of a title triumph, only to be eventually denied. In that season, Saha not only took some good catches behind the stumps, but also contributed with the bat as he made 362 runs at an average of 32.90 and a strike rate of 145.38.
He also won the Man of the Match award in the second Test against New Zealand at Kolkata in 2016, by becoming only the third Indian wicket-keeper to score half-centuries in both the innings of a Test match.
He represented Bengal in the Ranji Trophy since 2007, Kolkata Knight Riders between 2008-2010 Chennai Super Kings between 2011-2013, and Kings XI Punjab between 2014-2017. For the 2018 season, he has been bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad.