Wriddhiman Saha

India
Age
October 24, 1984 (37 years)
Role
Wicket Keeper
Birth Place
Shaktigarh
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
India
Bowling Style
-

Thirty-six-year old Wriddhiman Saha is a wicket-keeper-batsman who has represented India internationally. He began his first-class career in 2007, representing Bengal in the Ranji Trophy. He made his Test debut as a specialist batsman in 2010. Later, he was included in the national side as a wicket-keeper, but his Test career suffered from Dhoni’s emergence as a successful keeper-batsman. After a ton in his first Ranji Trophy game, Saha was signed to represent Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural IPL season of 2008. Since then, he has taken part in the domestic T20 league every season. In the last IPL season in 2020, Saha represented Sunrisers Hyderabad. After a hiatus of 13 months, Saha made a comeback to the Indian Test team on the tour of Australia in December 2020.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

India, East Zone, India A, India Blue, Indian Board Presidents XI, India Red, Rest of India, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings, Bengal, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Indians

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
9
5
2
41
16
13.67
56
73.21
0
0
5
0
T20I
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0
Test
38
52
9
1251
117
29.09
2761
45.31
3
5
120
12
IPL
124
100
22
1980
115*
25.38
1509
131.21
1
8
183
65

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
9
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
38
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
124
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Test

In 38 Test matches, Saha has scored 1251 runs at 29.1, with three tons and 5 fifties, including his top score of 117. He has also taken 92 catches and effected 11 stumpings.

ODI

In 9 ODIs, Saha has scored 41 runs at 13.66, with his top score of 16. He has taken 17 catches and effected one stumping.

T20I

Saha is yet to play in a T20I game.

Records and Facts

In one of his best IPL seasons, in 2014, Saha represented Kings XI Punjab as a wicket-keeper-batsman and scored 362 runs at 32.90 with an impressive strike rate of 145.38. In the title clash against KKR that season, Saha became the only player to score a ton in an IPL final, making 115 not out in 55 balls, with 10 fours and 8 sixes. Playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the latest season in 2020, Saha scored 214 runs at an average of 70-plus in 4 games, including two fifties.

Although Saha’s Test record suffers by comparison to Dhoni’s, his batting record as a keeper-batsman is better than that of most of his other predecessors, barring Farrokh Engineer and Nayan Mongia. After the advent of Dhoni, Saha was in and out of the India Test team. Following Dhoni’s retirement from Tests, Saha toured the West Indies with the Indian team for a Test series in 2016. During that series, he had a hand in six dismissals in an innings, becoming the third Indian keeper to achieve the feat. Of his three Test tons, the most impressive one came against Australia in Ranchi in March 2017. Saha took guard at the wicket with the Indian scorecard reading 328/6 in reply to Australia’s first-innings score of 451. Saha was involved in a 199-run 7th wicket stand with Cheteshwar Pujara, helping India to a score of 603/9 declared. In January 2018, Saha set an Indian wicket-keeping record of 10 catches in a Test match when he accomplished the feat against South Africa. In November 2019, he got his 100th Test dismissal against Bangladesh, becoming the fifth Indian wicket-keeper to reach the mark.

On the recent tour of Australia, he had a forgettable showing in the first Test in Adelaide. Replaced by Rishabh Pant in the remaining Tests, Saha got an opportunity to showcase his wares. Playing as a concussion substitute for Rishabh Pant in the third Test in Sydney, Saha underscored his credentials as a world-class keeper by taking four catches in Australia’s second innings.