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Wriddhiman Saha

Indian cricketer Wriddhiman Saha was born on October 24, 1984 and represents his country’s cricket team. Saha bats right-handed as the wicketkeeper. He is now the wicket keeper for Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League and the first class captain of the Tripura Cricket Team in domestic cricket. He was the first cricketer to record a century in a championship game of the Indian Premier League. Since Syed Kirmani, Wriddhi is regarded as the best wicketkeeper India has ever produced.

Personal Information

Full name
Wriddhiman Prasanta Saha
Born 24 October 1984 (age 38)
Siliguri, West Bengal, India
Nickname Wriddhi, Superman, Papali
Batting Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper Batsman

Domestic Career

Saha made his first-class debut in the 2007–08 Ranji Trophy, against Hyderabad, where he scored 111 not out. Wriddhiman also made the East Zone team in the Duleep Trophy in the 2007–08 season. 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.

First Class Statistics

MATCH 122
RUN 6423
AVERAGE 41.98
HS 203*
100 13
50 38
STUMPING 37
CATCH 313

List A Statistics

MATCH 102
RUN 2762
AVERAGE 42.49
HS 116
100 2
50 19
STUMPING 15
CATCH 125

IPL Career and Statistics

Saha participated in the first three IPL matches for Kolkata Knight Riders, but in 2011, Chennai Super Kings chose him as MS Dhoni‘s backup wicket keeper. In 2012 and 2013, he served as a representative for the Chennai Super Kings. Saha was acquired by Kings XI Punjab as a specialist wicketkeeper at the 2014 IPL Auction. Wriddhi participated in the competition with both his bat and some excellent catches. He scored 362 runs with a strike rate of 145.38 and an average of 32.90. In the IPL Final against Kolkata Knight Riders, Saha scored an undefeated 115 runs off 55 balls, including 10 fours and 8 sixes, to become the first player to achieve a hundred in an IPL final. Nevertheless, despite his accomplishment, his team ultimately lost the game.

He was purchased by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League in December 2018. Saha only participated in 4 games during the 2020 season, but he still managed to score 214 runs with a 70+ average, including two outstanding half centuries as Sunrisers Hyderabad’s opener. He participated in 9 games during the 2021 season, scoring 131 runs with an average of 14.55 and a strike rate of 93.57. Prior to the IPL 2022 auction, Sunrisers Hyderabad released him. Saha was purchased by the Gujarat Titans in the auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League competition in February 2022. Wriddhi won the IPL with Gujarat Titans in 2022 and Chennai Super Kings in 2011.

MATCH 158
RUN 2714
AVERAGE 24.90
HS 115*
100 1
50 12
STUMPING 24
CATCH 87

International Career and Statistics

Test Career

Saha’s first Test match came against South Africa. He had a score of zero in the first inning and 36 in the second. Fast bowler Dale Steyn claimed his wicket in both innings. India pulled Saha from the lineup for the second Test which India won to tie the two-match series after India lost the first Test. Wriddhi was chosen for India’s test match tour of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2015. In the two test matches he played in Sri Lanka he scored two hundreds. Additionally he participated in 2015 Gandhi-Mandela Freedom Trophy trials. Saha was chosen as the first-choice wicket keeper for India and New Zealand’s two-match test series in November 2021. Wicket Keeper hit an undefeated 61 runs in the second innings of the game despite sustaining a neck injury during the first test which won him plaudits from detractors. His 148 in 123 balls in an ODI against Sri Lanka and 200 from 221 balls in a Test match against England in 2018 also gave him confidence. In an ODI against Sri Lanka in 2014, he scored his lowest ODI total of 6*, which helped India reach 404/5 after Rohit’s 264 (173*) knock.

ODI Career

Saha participated in the first three games of a 5-match ODI series against New Zealand in 2010. He was selected for the 15-man squad to tour Bangladesh after scoring 115 runs in the 2014 IPL final. He played in three one-day internationals against the Bangladesh Cricket Team but struggled with his batting. Saha was once again chosen to play in the five ODI matches against Sri Lanka that same year when MS Dhoni, the team’s captain and first choice keeper, was forced to miss them due to a thumb injury. He participated in the first three games but was benched for the fourth and fifth games. Wriddhi never joined the ODI Team again after that.

INTERNATIONAL TEST ODI
MATCH 40 9
RUN 1353 41
AVERAGE 29.41 13.67
HS 117 16
100 3 0
50 6 0
STUMPING 12 1
CATCH 92 17

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