Wriddhiman 'Superman' Saha: Fans hail wicketkeeper as best in the world after stunning catch in Pune Test
Saha appeals after taking a catch on Day 4 (Courtesy by BCCI)
- Wriddhiman Saha was preferred over Rishabh Pant in the playing XI for the Freedom Series
- Saha has justified his selection by taking some absolute blinders
- Saha also scored quick runs in Vizag in a cameo when Indian needed him
There were a few raised eyebrows when Wriddhiman Saha was selected ahead of Rishabh Pant in the playing XIs of both the Tests so far between India and South Africa of the ongoing Freedom Series. While the wicketkeeper-batsman has only got one chance to bat so far in Vizag when he scored a quickfire 21 as India were aiming for a declaration, Saha's wicketkeeping has been top-notch all series. The latest example of that was seen on the morning of Day 4 of the ongoing Pune Test.
After Viret Kohli chose to enforce the follow on, India seamers Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma picked up 2 quick wickets to put the opposition on backfoot. But it was Theunis de Bruyn's wicket which has turned Saha into an instant internet sensation. A length delivery from Umesh on de Bruyn's pads was deflected by the batsman only for Saha to dive full stretch to his left and pluck the ball out of thin air mid flight. Indian skipper Virat Kohli was so happy with Saha's effort that he kissed him on the forehead. Twitter soon erupted, using all kinds of hyperboles to describe Saha.
Here is a clip of the catch, followed by a few reactions:
Fantastic catch by Saha.. justifying his selection and why he is considered the best in the business #INDvsSApic.twitter.com/N83BuVNkFLAjesh Kumar (@ajesh06) October 13, 2019
?? Wriddhiman 'Superman' Saha ??
That has to be Saha's wicket as much as it is Umesh's. Throws himself down the leg side and grabs the ball with his left hand.
What a catch to dismiss Bruyn ????#INDvSA#OrangeArmy#RiseWithUsSunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) October 13, 2019
Superman Saha! He just might bring pure wicketkeeping back into vogue. Down the legside, one-handed and he makes it look easy. Such a joy to watch him behind the wickets. pic.twitter.com/jAE8vRcd5NAshish Magotra (@clutchplay) October 13, 2019
Wah wah Saha! Outstanding leg side catch, best I’ve seen in years Horrid start by SA suggests match may not go into last dayCricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 13, 2019
Absolutely brilliant new ball bowling from India this morning. And @Wriddhipops, you are a rock star.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 13, 2019
Fly & Catch - Saha Style https://t.co/ETbaFqoTOdSAHIL GUPTA (@meetsahil) October 13, 2019
Why is there a first slip, or even a second slip when SAHA is keeping? #INDvSAUncle Duckworth (@NewGenFan) October 13, 2019
Incidentally, it was de Bruyn who was sent back by Saha on Day 3 with another diving catch - this time to his right. Saha, rated as one of the best stumpers in the world, flew to his right to grab the ball with both hands right in front of first slip off Umesh Yadav's bowling to dismiss Theunis de Bruyn as the tourists slumped to 53/5 on Day 3.
The Proteas were eventually bowled out for 275, still 326 runs behind India's mammoth first innings score of 601/5d.
"Be strong. Be you," Saha wrote on his Twitter handle with the video of his catch that drew many plaudits.
Be strong. Be you. #IndiaVsSouthAfricapic.twitter.com/iNuDSJCZwgWriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) October 13, 2019
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin at the end of Day 3 also didn't forget to praise Wriddhiman Saha's superb glovework.
"It's a no-brainer to say that Saha is one of the best going around. I have hardly seen him miss anything from the rough and today you saw how he took Rabada's (missed) cover drive. It just indicates what good set of hands he has got," said Ashwin.
"Saha has also got great composure too and you can't really rule him out with the bat either. He has had some handy contributions for the team. He is a great character and a great keeper to have in the team."