The Indian Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has done a fine job. Saha has proved that he has a safe pair of hands and the wicketkeeper-batsman also provides crucial runs while batting down the order. Saha revealed that Ravichandran Ashwin has a plethora of variations in his bowling bag and thus he becomes the most difficult spinner in the team to keep wickets to.
Saha also said that balls of fast bowlers like Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami also wobbles after passing the wickets, which also make his task a more challenging. Saha has been brilliant behind the stumps for the Indian team and he has really kept wickets well for the side.
Ashwin has a lot of variations.
It is not an easy job for a wicketkeeper as he has to do squat on every ball bowled and thus he should be at the peak of his fitness. Keeping wickets to spinners ilk Ashwin and Jadeja make it more challenging as they hit the bullseye more often not.
Saha told reporters after the team’s practice session in Kolkata, “Among the spinners it is [toughest to keep to] Ashwin, because he has a lot of variation, including in length. Compared to [Ravindra] Jadeja and Kuldeep [Yadav]’s pattern, Ashwin’s variations are a lot. If you can read well from the hand, then your job is done 50%. After that based on the bounce and whether there’s turn or not, your job depends on that. But, the challenge is to catch all balls, whether it turns or not.”
Wicketkeeper always needs to be on his toes.
The Indian pace battery has also shown the desired improvement in their graph and they too have been right on the money. They have played their part in breaking the crucial partnership and have been instrumental in team’s success.
Saha added, “Among the [fast] bowlers, it’s tough to keep to Ishant [Sharma] and [Mohammed] Shami because their deliveries wobble after crossing the stumps and that is a tough job. It happens for Umesh [Yadav] and Bhuvneshwar [Kumar] also, but not that much. For seam bowlers, it happens more. So that’s the challenge”.
The Indian team is dominating in every aspect of the game and Saha would like to continue his fine form with both gloves and bat. The first Test of the three-match series against Sri Lanka will kickstart from November 16 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.