Wriddhiman Saha might not have been able to score huge runs in the Test format for India, but his skills with the bat were never in doubt. The wicket-keeper batsman played an important role in helping India win the second Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, scoring two half centuries, and his Ranji teammate Manoj Tiwary was pleased with the player.
Saha, after playing brilliant games in both the innings, was adjudged man of the match as well. It was his first in international cricket. What makes the performance even more amazing was his determination and character, which he displayed while batting on a pitch that tested the best of the batsmen.
Even in-form batsmen like Murali Vijay did not find it easy, but Saha hung at the batting crease and played with grit to score some important runs in the lower order. Tiwary praised Saha's performance in a team, which comprises world-class batsmen.
With Tiwary having played with him in the domestic level, he was never doubted Saha's ability. The Bengal cricketer, who scored 54 and 58 runs in the first and second innings respectively, became only the fourth Indian wicket-keeper to score half-centuries in each innings. MS Dhoni was the last person to do so.
"To play such a beautiful innings and stand out from such a star-studded dressing room speaks volumes of Saha's performance. Having played together for so many years, I always had confidence in him. It was just a matter of time that he played a quality knock. To have brought this at his home ground made this doubly special," Press Trust of India quoted Tiwary as saying.
Though it was his batting, which hogged the limelight, Saha impressed with his glove work in trying conditions. It was not an easy track to keep wickets, but he proved why he is regarded as one of the best glove man in the country.