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Wriddhiman Saha, the flying Superman, does a Jonty Rhodes in Pune

Wriddhiman Saha pulled off a stunning catch to dismiss Steve O’Keefe In the 81st over on Day 1 of the first Test match between India and Australia.

cricket Updated: Feb 24, 2017 10:18 IST
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Wriddhiman Saha took a brilliant flying catch on Day 1 of the first Test against Australia in Pune on Thursday.(Getty Images)

Wriddhiman Saha has been the first choice wicketkeeper of the India cricket team for quite some time now and on Thursday he gave the selectors yet another reason to be proud of their selection. (LIVE BLOG)

This season, they have kept faith with them despite Parthiv Patel having given a good account of himself while Saha was injured. (SCORECARD)

The 32-year old Saha was on top of his game from the start of the match, but he was still sharp towards the end of the first day’s play in the opening Test against Australia at Pune. In the 81st over, he pulled off a stunning catch to dismiss Steve O’Keefe.

Umesh Yadav got the ball to swing away from the batsman, and induced O’Keefe to edge. The ball was flying between Saha and captain Virat Kohli at first slip, but the wicketkeeper flung himself in Superman-esque fashion to his right and plucked the ball, completing one of the most stunning catches in recent times.

Wriddhiman took over as wicketkeeper in the Indian cricket team after Mahendra Singh Dhoni hung his boots in late 2014, during the series in Australia.

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Acknowledged as the best Indian wicketkeeper at present, Wriddhiman Saha has performed consistently since then. Last year, he slammed his maiden Test hundred in the West Indies and then won the Man-of-the-Match award with twin, unbeaten fifties in the Eden Gardens Test against New Zealand late last year.

There was some talk that he could lose his spot to Patel on his return following an injury layoff, but chief selector MSK Prasad quashed that speculation saying there was never any doubt about his selection in the Test team because he was the best keeper in India.

First Published: Feb 23, 2017 17:19 IST