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Wriddhiman Saha

Wriddhiman Saha
Personal information
Full name Wriddhiman Prasanta Saha
Born (1984-10-24) 24 October 1984
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 12 August 2015 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut 28 November 2010 v New Zealand
Last ODI 2 november 2014 v Sri Lanka
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 7 9 62 90
Runs scored 281 41 3764 2536
Batting average 19.54 13.66 45.90 44.72
100s/50s 0/2 0/0 8/22 2/18
Top score 60 16 178* 116
Catches/stumpings 8/2 17/1 158/15 109/12
Source: Cricinfo, September 6, 2014

Wriddhiman Prasanta 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.

Domestic career

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.

International career

Test career

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

He also tour 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 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 play in fourth match of the series and made 35 runs.

ODI career

After he 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 fails with the bat but he take the most catches by any player in the 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 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.[2]

References

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External links

  • Wriddhiman Saha's profile page on Wisden
  • Wriddaman Saha at Cricket Archive
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