Wriddhiman Saha, IPL 2018, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rashid Khan, SRH
Wriddhiman Saha is regarded as one of the finest wicketkeepers in the world © AFP

Wriddhiman Saha is one of the finest wicketkeepers in contemporary cricket. Over the years, he has done a fabulous job against the crafty likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra and Kuldeep Yadav. At the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) camp, his keeping has been top notch against Afghan wrist spinner Rashid Khan, who is regarded amongst the best white ball bowlers. Saha returned to his original home, Eden Gardens, as a tourist and contributed in SRH’s win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Match 10 of VIVO IPL 2018.

Saha reckons that keeping against Rashid has done a world of good to his confidence. Rashid is currently the ranked No.1 bowler in T20Is and No.2 in ODIs. He recently became the fastest to take 100 ODI wickets.

“It’s a good experience, after a long time I’m getting an opportunity to keep against a bowler like Rashid,” said Saha who took two acrobatic catches behind the stumps in SRH’s win against KKR on Saturday.

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“He has got pace and turn. In recent times, I’ve been keeping against the likes of (Ravichandran) Ashwin, (Ravindra) Jadeja, (Amit) Mishra, or Kuldeep (Yadav). Now after keeping against Rashid, I’m more confident.

“He bowls consistently well. In T20s you don’t get to keep much against a particular bowler but those are all vital. I’m trying my best to do well,” the Bengal stumper added.

Describing Rashid, the bowler, Saha further explained, “It’s most about pace variation. He bowls leg spin and mixes it up with a lot of googlies. With such a quick arm action, it’s very difficult for batsmen to read them. You can add that as his strength.”

Saha scored a brisk 15-ball 24 during the 138-run chase for SRH on Saturday. SRH with 6 points from 3 matches are at the top of the points table.

(Inputs from IANS)