Wriddhiman Saha Is The Best Wicket-Keeper In The World – Ravi Shastri
Wriddhiman Saha pipped Rishabh Pant to play the first Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam. As India gear up for the second Test in Pune, head coach Ravi Shastri heaped praise on the Bengal wicket-keeper calling him the best in the world.
Saha has been out of action for almost 18 months before making a return in the last Test against South Africa. Coincidentally, Wriddhiman Saha last played his Test against South Africa in 2018. He suffered an injury which aggravated more while playing in the Indian Premier League in the Sunrisers Hyderabad. As a result, he was out of action for the whole year including tours of England and Australia.
During this period Rishabh Pant rose to his brilliance scoring centuries in England and Australia. He has scored 754 runs in 18 innings at an average of 44.35. However, his wicket-keeping skills were under the scanner which paved way for Wriddhiman Saha.
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Skipper Virat Kohli hailed Saha’s wicket-keeping skills ahead of the first Test and head coach Ravi Shastri also spoke on the same lines. Shastri called the 33-year-old cricketer as the best wicket-keeper. The former India cricketer said that Rishabh Pant has time to develop his skills and come back.
“Saha was injured and that was the explanation Pant came into the Test side,” Shastri said. “Saha is the best ‘keeper’ in the world, and at home, where the bounce can be variable, his ‘keeping’ is invaluable.
Pant has scored Test hundreds in England and Australia, is capable, however, he is still very young and has the time to improve his ‘keeping’,” he added.
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Wriddhiman Saha gave only 16 runs as byes on a difficult Visakhapatnam wicket which speaks volumes of his ability. He also scored some quick runs for his side and will hope to keep up his good run with both bat and gloves on in the matches to follow.
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