India vs Australia: Wriddhiman Saha rates Pune high-flying catch as 'tougher than one in Bengaluru'

Kolkata: Between the two world-class catches in the two Tests played so far against Australia, India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha rated the one in Pune in the first rubber as tougher one.

Saha, who helped India record a memorable comeback in the second Test after they were pummeled in Pune, said that the Pune catch was harder than the one he took in Bengaluru since the reaction time was lesser.

Saha plucked the ball out of thin air diving to his right to take the wicket of Aussie keeper Matthew Wade.

Wriddhiman Saha dives forward to collect Steve O'Keefe's catch in the second Test in Bengaluru. AP

Wriddhiman Saha dives forward to collect Steve O'Keefe's catch in the second Test in Bengaluru. AP

"The Pune catch was tougher than the one in Bengaluru. The reaction time was less in the first one and it was of a fast bowler (Umesh Yadav),"Saha told reporters on the sidelines of a wicket-keeping gloves launch in Kolkata in his name.

In the second Test, Saha dived forward off Ravichandran Ashwin's delivery to pouch another stunner, this time getting rid of Steve O'Keefe as India won by 75 runs.

"Captain (Virat Kohli) said it was an outstanding effort after I took the Pune catch. He was thrilled and so were all my teammates," the Bengal gloveman said.

Talking of great stumpers of the yore, the 32-year-old wished he could play a Test against Adam Gilchrist.

"I have rubbed shoulders with him in the IPL (Indian Premier League). It would have been a great experience playing against him in a Test," he said.

Also present was former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta, who heaped praise on his state mate, saying Saha changed the mindset of a keeper having to compulsorily bat well to get picked.

"He showed the importance of wicketkeeping. The catch he took in Bengaluru helped India win and the way he is playing I am sure he will be right up there with the greats soon. He will change the face of keeping," he pointed out.


Published Date: Mar 11, 2017 10:58 pm | Updated Date: Mar 11, 2017 10:58 pm