Bengaluru, Nov 18: Test wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has come in for high praise from India captain Virat kohli. The skipper described the Bengal cricketer as a "brilliant wicketkeeper" who was willing to do anything for the team.
"I really like his (Saha) attitude. He's a very hardworking cricketer. He's willing to do anything the team requires. He's a brilliant keeper and very gutsy with the bat. He's got a good first-class record where he gets a lot of runs in pressure situations. He's still finding his feet in Test cricket," Kohli told reporters after the conclusion of the 2nd Test against South Africa here today (November 18).
The 2nd Test ended in a draw with 4 full days lost due to rain and wet outfield. India hold a 1-0 lead in the 4-match series. The third Test is in Nagpur from November 25. The series ends in Delhi with the 4th Test starting on December 3.
Saha, who replaced MS Dhoni in the Test team, has so far featured in 9 Tests and has scored 2 half centuries. After Dhoni's retirement in December 2014, the 31-year-old Saha is the first-choice stumper for India in Tests.
"He's confident of his keeping, I'm sure of that. But when he becomes confident of his batting, with the amount of runs he scores and the impact he makes, he will be that sort of perfect No. 6, No. 7 at times for us. He's someone I see can handle pressure situation well.
"Even in Sydney, in the last innings in that Test match, he hung in there for a very long time and played the fast bowlers really well. He's someone who can handle every sort of condition and attack that is in front.
"He has the sort of belief in him. When he gets more confident with the bat, you will see him developing into a batter (batsman) more than a batter-keeper (batsman-keeper) for the team as well in the near future," Kohli said.