For someone who has played just one game this season and wasn’t really sure when or if he would get his second chance, Wriddhiman Saha gave an account of his mental fortitude apart from his obvious talent during his match-winning 45-ball 87 against the Delhi Capitals on Tuesday.
Saha had been drafted into the side as an opener in place of Jonny Bairstow and the Indian Test wicketkeeper repaid the faith and ensured that the ‘Orange Army’ did not miss the belligerence of Bairstow as he knocked the stuffing out of the Capitals bowling-unit, helping SRH post an eventual match-winning total.
Wriddhiman Saha was clear in his intent from the very first over as he took the attack to the likes of Anrich Nortje and Ravichandran Ashwin, smashing four boundaries in his first 12 balls. Saha’s intent rubbed on David Warner, who then laid into Kagiso Rabada in the last over of the powerplay to ensure that SRH notched up 77 runs.
Saha was equally imperious against the spinners as he was against the seamers. He literally owned quality bowlers like Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel in the middle-overs with his exquisite strokeplay. His 50 came in just 27 balls, post which he went on to smash the next 37 runs in a mere 18 balls before getting dismissed by Anrich Nortje.
Saha was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’ for his match-winning knock, where he said-
”I got the opportunity for the second time this year and took my chances in the powerplay. Initially the ball was holding a bit but I took my chances and went after it after the pitch eased out,”
”I’m happy I got selected for the Tests in Australia. We are looking forward to win the last two matches for the Sunrisers and that’s our target now,” Saha signed off.