Wriddhiman Saha takes a one-handed screamer to get rid of Theunis de Bruyn

Wriddhiman Saha takes a one-handed screamer to get rid of Theunis de Bruyn

Saha has been brilliant with the gloves ever since his Test comeback.

Wriddhiman Saha's catch
Wriddhiman Saha’s catch. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Prior to India’s Test series against South Africa, there was a doubt over who between Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant should be donning the keeping gloves. Pant has been preferred in the last few months and did keep in the West Indies. However, the management said that the experienced Saha would be the keeper for the three-match home series versus the Proteas.

And Saha hasn’t disappointed by any stretch of the imaginations. The Bengal cricketer has been swift with his glovework and has hardly let anything go past him. India haven’t conceded a lot of byes and the credit should go to Saha for his efficiency with the gloves. In the second innings of the Pune Test, he showed his class, taking an incredible catch to get rid of Theunis de Bruyn.

Wriddhiman Saha showing great athleticism in Pune

In the sixth over, fast bowler Umesh Yadav bowled a delivery down the leg-side. It was asking to be hit and all De Bruyn had to do was to get some bat on it in order to pick up a boundary. The batter’s eyes lit up on seeing the loose ball. He stood tall and tried to guide the leather through the fine leg region by closing the face of the bat. But unfortunately, he couldn’t time it properly.

Saha was aware with the gloves behind. He saw the ball, coming towards him, but it was going away from him. The keeper made a full-stretch dive on to his left, his wrong side. He couldn’t get two hands to it, but somehow managed to cling on. Saha showed athleticism and De Bruyn had no other option than to walk back after scoring eight. South Africa lost their second wicket on 21.

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Even in the first innings, he dived on to his right to send back the same batsman. That time around, he got both hands to the ball, showing the right technique. De Bruyn was looking far more ominous in the first innings as he was batting on 30 runs off 58 balls with the help of six glorious fours.

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