Wriddhiman Saha: “All I wanted was to be a Wicket-Keeper.”

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Wriddhiman Saha: “All I was wanted to be a Wicket-Keeper.”
Wriddhiman Saha: “All I was wanted to be a Wicket-Keeper.”

When the profession becomes an obsession in a positive way, undoubtedly the outcome will be mostly good. One of the finest wicket-keepers of the Indian cricket team, Wriddhiman Saha accidentally stood behind the stumps which means it was not his choice to be a wicket-keeper. When the result turned out to be outstanding, the accident became an obsession for Wriddhiman.

Monsoons can be a particularly trying time in Kolkata, but for the Maidan, the vast green expanse in the heart of the city, it is an undisputed blessing.

He got picked for the Indian Test squad for the three-Test series at home against South Africa, and was effusively praised by his captain Virat Kohli as “the best wicketkeeper in the world”. He took spectacular diving catches, was clockwork behind the stumps at all other times, and worked in pitch-perfect harmony with the spinners.

His career average is 30 but it’s in the last three years that Saha has made a real mark in the team. During this period, he averages 36.60, with three hundred and three fifties. Now, he has a chance to build on that. At 35, Saha is as fit as ever—a wiry, well-muscled athlete as obsessed with his fitness regime as Kohli is.

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