It’s a rare sight to witness an Indian wicket-keeper executing a spectacular mid-air catch, but that’s exactly what Wriddhiman Saha did in the 81st over of the first Test match between India and Australia. With one hand stretched out, he snatched the ball out of the air to dismiss Steve O’keefe, who was facing Umesh Yadav’s delivery.
Saha has always played second fiddle to his more illustrious teammates, but his catch against Australia proved his detractors wrong and silenced those who doubted his abilities as a wicketkeeper. He received some criticism for his performance in the England series, but his recent heroics in the field have put him back in the limelight.
Saha has had to bear the weight of expectations ever since he took over from MS Dhoni in the longer format of the game. Parthiv Patel’s inclusion in the India team during the England series had raised questions about Saha’s position, but he has worked hard on his fitness at the National Cricket Academy and improved his overall game to regain his place in the team.
Saha is currently the best wicketkeeper in the country and his excellent performances in Test cricket have only added to his credentials. His exceptional glove-work behind the stumps and recent century have showcased his skills and made him an indispensable member of the team.
During the match, there was a gap between Saha and the fielder at second slip, and without his quick reflexes, the ball would have gone for a boundary. The spectators were thrilled with his catch, while O’keefe was seen leaving the field in frustration, knowing that he had fallen victim to a moment of brilliance from Saha.