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Wriddhiman Saha

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Wriddhiman Prasanta Saha (born 24 October 1984) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Indian national cricket team and first class matches domestically for Bengal, as well as Local Tournaments for the cricket team of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club. He is also the first cricketer to score a century in an Indian Premier League final. He plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. He is a wicket-keeper batsman.

Wriddhiman Saha made his Test debut in February 2010, as a specialist batsman. When he got a permanent place in the Indian Test XI as a wicket-keeper, there were arguments about his place in the backdrop of him replacing the long-serving MS Dhoni, who had scored nearly 5000 runs in Test cricket at an average nearly 40.


Personal information
Full name Wriddhiman Prasanta Saha
Born 24 October 1984 (age 37)
Siliguri, West Bengal, India
Nickname Flying Saha
Superman
Superman Saha
Papali
Batting Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper Batsman
International information
National side ·         India (2010–present)
Test debut (cap 263) 9 February 2010 v South Africa
Last Test 3 December 2021 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 190) 28 November 2010 v New Zealand
Last ODI 2 November 2014 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 24
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007–present Bengal
2008–2010 Kolkata Knight Riders
2011–2013 Chennai Super Kings (squad no. 6)
2014–2017 Kings XI Punjab (squad no. 6)
2018–2021 Sunrisers Hyderabad

Domestic Career

Wriddhiman Saha played for the Under-19s and the Under-22s team before being promoted to first-class cricket. Saha made his one-day debut in the Ranji Trophy competition of 2006/07, against Assam. 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. 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 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. Saha also has a record of making fastest century in domestic cricket. He scored 102 runs of just 20 balls at a strike rate of 510 with 4 fours and 14 sixes in 2018.

Wriddhiman Saha is from Siliguri and his father’s name in Prasanta Saha. In the year 2011 he married Debarati Mitra who is more known as Romi Mitra and they have a daughter Anvi Saha born in 2013 and a son Anvay Saha born in march 2020.


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.

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 25 runs in the first inning and 13 runs in the second inning. He also played in the fourth match of the series and made 35 runs.

Saha played in the 3 match Test series against South Africa in India in 2019 and took many magical catches. In November 2019, in the second Test against Bangladesh, Saha became the fifth wicket-keeper for India to affect 100 dismissals in Test cricket. In January 2020, Saha was selected for 2 Test Series In New Zealand but did not play any match. In December 2020, he was selected for 4 Test Match series in Australia and played only in the first test and scored 9 in the first innings and 4 in the second innings. He was dropped for next match. He substituted Rishabh Pant in the 3rd Innings of 3rd match and helped Navdeep Saini get his first Test wicket. He stayed on the bench for the whole series against England in February–March 2021. He was selected in India’s Squad for the WTC Final and India’s Tour Of England 2021 but did not feature in the playing 11.

In November, 2021, Saha was selected as the first-choice wicket keeper in the two-match test series between India and New Zealand. Despite suffering a neck injury during the first test, Saha scored an unbeaten 61 runs during the second innings of the match, which earned him praise from a section of the critics.

ODI Career

He made his ODI debut against New Zealand in 2010 in 5 ODIs series and played in the first 3 matches. 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 but did not bat well. Same year, he was again selected to the ODI team for 5 matches team against Sri Lanka after MS Dhoni the first choice keeper and Captain was out due to a thumb injury. He played in the first 3 matches but was dropped for 4th and 5th match. Since then, he never returned to ODI Team.


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 wicket keeper for MS Dhoni. He also represented the Chennai 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. However, despite his feat, his team eventually lost the match.

In December 2018, he was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League. In 2020 season, he only played 4 matches and scored 214 run with a 70+ average including 2 brilliant half centuries as an opener of Sunrisers Hyderabad.


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