Wriddhiman Saha emerged as one of the stars of the opening day of the first Day/Night Test on Indian soil, also reaching 100 Test dismissals as wicketkeeper.
He took two catches on Friday – the one to get Mahmudullah out arguably being the best catch of the day – but how he negotiated the swerving pink ball in the twilight hours was also admirable.
Now, it's WRIDDHI-MAN! 🙌
🇧🇩 – 60/6 (19.4 overs)
— Hotstar UK (@hotstarUK) November 22, 2019
“The most challenging part will be the twilight period. In the twilight period, the ball will be old and if the background is not clear enough then not only will it be a challenge for the batsman but also for the keeper and slips,” Saha had told media on eve of the match.
A player lives for such moments: At his homeground, Eden Gardens, Wriddhiman Saha has put on an exhibition of his wicketkeeping skills, dived around like a goalkeeper from the Kolkata’s storied football maidans as he completes 100 dismissals in Tests #INDvBAN #saha
— Sanjjeev (@Sanjjeev) November 22, 2019
Wriddhiman Saha is such an inspiration. He comes back from a serious injury at an age when people contemplate retirements. And then, he shows phenomenal technique and plucks out a screamer. Take a bow, you champion! #INDvBAN #PinkBall #Kolkata #EdenGardens
— Arun Venugopal (@scarletrun) November 22, 2019
Have seen quite a few Test matches in my lifetime…. have seen people throng stadiums to watch Sachin, Sehwag, Dada bat. Have seen people come to watch McGrath, Warne, Murli ball.
For the first time felt, you can go to a stadium just to watch Wriddhiman Saha keep wickets. pic.twitter.com/fY3SJ3etXQ
— Indranil Roy (@indraroy) November 22, 2019
No matter the colour of the ball, or the movement on offer, Wriddhiman Saha’s wicketkeeping is a legit thing of beauty.
— Annesha Ghosh (@ghosh_annesha) November 22, 2019
Crowd gasping when the replays are being shown for Wriddhiman Saha diving down the leg side to save four byes. It’s been that kind of a performance by him behind the stumps. #INDvBAN
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) November 22, 2019
— Wriddhaayan (@Wriddhaayan) November 22, 2019
Wriddhiman Saha Catch. ✌️👏
This One catch is enough to show who he is😍
— Karikala Cholan (@karikalan1412) November 22, 2019
Saha is only the fifth Indian wicketkeeper to have reached the landmark of 100 Test dismissals. MS Dhoni, Syed Kirmani, Kiran More and Nayan Mongia are the other four to have reached this mark.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines