Monday, 17 July 2017

India's Wriddhiman Saha is exceptional with both the bat and the gloves

Arguably the best pure wicketkeeper in the world right now, Saha’s critics have often used his ability with the bat against him. That’s a critique that really doesn’t make much sense anymore. No wicketkeeper scored more centuries than Saha during the 12 months in question, and the Indian went past 50 five times in his 18 innings. He made his runs when the going was tough too, with his finest innings coming at Gros Islet, where he walked out to bat with India in trouble at 5-126 and turned the match around with 227-ball 104.
Like most keepers, the numbers only tell half the story when it comes to how well Saha performed with the gloves. That he sits down at fifth for dismissals completed in the year is largely down to the fact that bowling in India is about being stump to stump, with lbw and bowled the most common dismissals. Nobody was more reliable with the gloves than Saha this year.


14 Tests, 646 runs at 46.14
Three centuries. Top score of 117
34 catches, three stumpings.

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