Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has praised wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha for his brilliant performance and even went as far as to call him the No.1 wicket-keeper in the world, for his contribution behind the stumps. He also praised Saha for growing out of MS Dhoni’s shadow.
Saha finally got a chance in Indian cricket team when former skipper MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket at the end of 2014 and the 32-year-old has grabbed the opportunity with "both hands". Saha has played the role of an unsung hero on multiple occasions recent times as whenever the team needs he has performed. Be it scoring runs for the team or carrying out his wicket-keeping responsibilities, he has stepped up when called upon.
He, again, proved his worth in the recently concluded Test series against Sri Lanka scoring an important half century to take India past the 600-run mark. After his latest performance, Shastri declared him best wicket-keeper in the world.
“The kind of 'keeping he came up with in this series - on the kind of surfaces that were on offer - makes him the No. 1
The Bengal player has played 28 Test matches for India so far and scored 1112 runs which include three centuries and five half centuries. In that time, he has also managed 10 stumpings and taken 56 catches. Saha’s presence behind the stumps has been always under the scrutiny as he came in Dhoni’s place but the 32-year-old showed his commitment towards his role and has become an important part of the Indian Test squad.
“Saha has been excellent, be it his wicketkeeping, batting or catching. He had always been an unwavering guy in domestic cricket for years and it is that hard work showing. He's grown so much in confidence and remember, he's walking into MS' (Dhoni's) shoes. He's done phenomenally well to grow out of that shadow,” Shastri said.