Indian skipper Virat Kohli has praised wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha for his all-round performances for the side and even called him the best keeper in Test matches, for his contribution behind the stumps. The 32-year-old's efforts helped India win the second Test match against Sri Lanka.
Wriddhiman Saha took over from MS Dhoni after the former skipper retired from Test cricket at the end of 2014 and the 32-year-old has cashed in the opportunity quite well. Moreover, Saha has been an unsung hero for the Indian side whether it is scoring runs for the team or carrying out his wicket-keeping responsibilities.
And the 32-year-old-once again proved his worth in the second Test, as he scored a half-century in the first innings which helped India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs to bag the three Test series 2-0. And following his latest performance, the Indian skipper has called him best in his role.
"Four byes on that sort of pitch speaks volumes of the kind of ability he has," Kohli said after India's comprehensive victory at SSC as reported by Reuters.
"He's right up there in world cricket among the very best. He's the best keeper in this format right now, I'd say."
The Bengal stumper has played 27 Test matches for India so far and scored 1096 runs which include three centuries and five half centuries. In that time he has also managed 9 stumpings and taken 52 catches. Although Saha's abilities were never in doubt, he had to play second fiddle to Dhoni. However, ever since being afforded a chance since Dhoni’s retirement from the longest format of the game, Saha has managed to make the wicket-keeper batsman's spot his own and he has become a vital part of the Indian Test squad.
"You saw his keeping today, how agile he is. He can create chances at any stage. He's very safe behind the stumps and he's been outstanding," Kohli said.