At 34, Wriddhiman Saha is keeping a young and highly-rated Rishabh Pant out of the Test team and it very much proves just how good a wicketkeeper he is. While Wriddhiman Saha’s batting has left a lot to be desired, his highly impressive skills behind the stumps have made amends for it. Time and again, the Indian players and coaches have hailed him as the best in the world and the Bengal star has always justified it.
On Sunday, he justified the tag again by taking an absolute blinder to send back South Africa’s Theunis de Bruyn. India started brilliantly with the ball after enforcing the follow-on. Ishant Sharma gave the hosts the first breakthrough by dismissing Aiden Markram on the very second ball of the innings.
A few minutes later, Umesh Yadav also opened his account thanks to Wriddhiman Saha. The right-arm pacer bowled a fuller-length delivery which was going down the leg-side. The Proteas batsman could have easily let the ball pass behind the stumps but he decided against it and paid the price for the same.
He ended up edging the ball off his pad and although the ball was travelling down the leg side, it was enough for Saha to pull off a breathtaking catch. The India wicketkeeper threw himself across the turf and completed a one-handed catch to leave Bruyn stunned.
Here is a video of that stunner from Wriddhiman Saha:
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India, meanwhile, are in firm command of the match. Having won the first Test, the world number one Test side are looking set to win the ongoing game too after reducing South Africa to 26 for 2 after enforcing the follow-on with a huge 326-run lead in their kitty.