When Saha took a simple catch off the bat of Morne Morkel, what was the ninth wicket of the South African innings on day four of the first Test between South Africa and India, Wriddhiman Saha took four catches to complete ten dismissals in the match. He overtook Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s previous record of nine dismissals. Dhoni had achieved that in the Melbourne Test in Australia during the 2014-15 series.
Saha, who took five catches during South Africa’s first innings, added five more in the second innings. Four of these catches came in the first session of day four. Indian bowlers produced an impressive pace bowling to dismiss South Africa cheaply in their second innings.
Wriddhiman Saha becomes the first Indian wicket-keeper to affect 10 dismissals in a Test.
Previous record: 9 by Dhoni v Aus, MCG, 2014-15. #SAvInd
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) January 8, 2018
Like the first innings, Saha took five catches in South Africa’s second innings to reach the record for Indian cricket. Thanks to the Indian fast bowlers’ top-notch bowling in the morning session of Day 4, India now need 208 runs to win the game, for which they will definitely back themselves.
Saha now will be keeping his fingers crossed as nothing sweetens a personal achievement than a win on a sporting field. In fact, he might even be required to show some of his batting skills to lead India to what, if achieved, would be a historic win.