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Wriddhiman Saha Biography: A Cricketer Who Proves Age is Just a Number

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Wriddhiman Saha is a prominent Indian cricketer, known for his role as a right-handed wicket-keeper batsman in the national team. Currently serving as the captain of the Tripura Cricket Team in first-class cricket and fulfilling the wicket-keeping duties for the Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League, he holds the distinction of being the first player to achieve a century in an Indian Premier League final. Widely regarded as one of India’s premier wicketkeepers, Saha showcased his talent early in his career by making his Test debut in February 2010, initially as a specialist batsman. Notably, he marked his presence with a remarkable century during a tour of the Caribbean, specifically at St. Lucia.

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Cricketer Wriddhiman Saha’s Biography

Name Wriddhiman Prasanta Saha
Age 39 years
Date of Birth 24 October 1984
Birth Place Siliguri, West Bengal, India
Nickname Wriddhi
Wriddhiman Saha IPL Team Gujarat Titans
W Saha IPL Price Rs 1.90 Cr
Height 1.76 m
Weight 62 kg
Wife Romi Saha
Jersey No. 24
Net worth $6-8 million
ODI debut 28 November 2010 v New Zealand
Test debut 6th February 2010 v South Africa
W Saha Role Wicket-keeper Batsman
Batting style Right-handed
Team played for India, India A, CSK, GT, Rest of India, India Blue, KKR, SRH, Bengal, East Zone, Kings XI Punjab, Rest of India, Tripura,

Early Life

Wriddhiman Saha Biography
Credits: Hindustan Times

As we speak of Saha at this moment, he is India’s no. 1 wicketkeeper-batsman, at least in the red-ball cricket. Born on 24th October 1984 in Siliguri, Darjeeling state of West Bengal, Saha looked up to Adam Gilchrist as his idol during his childhood.

Jayanta Bhowmick, Saha’s childhood coach, pressed on the importance of performance and consistency to come under the radar of selection circles. Saha’s coach imbued cricket with him as a team game rather than a game for personal glory.

Saha’s exposure to cricket took rose when he shifted to Kolkata. He started playing in first division league matches. Saha prominently played for Shamabazar Club and then for Kalighat. All this time, Saha stayed at a shack with his friends cum players in the area of Koley market.

Being around in the tournaments and consistent performances earned Saha a call from the Bengal state team. It was Saha’s performance in U-19 and U-22 tournaments that helped him maintain vertical growth and landed him a first-class cricket call.


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Cricketer Wriddhiman Saha Career

W Saha debuted for Bengal in the Group B Ranji trophy, 2007 match against Hyderabad. The absence of Deep Dasgupta paved the way for W Saha and he graciously accepted the opportunity. Led by Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Bengal posted a mammoth total of 461 against VVS Laxman’s led Hyderabad side. W Saha scored an unbeaten 111 in his debut match and also stitched a crucial partnership with Manoj Tiwary.

It couldn’t have been a better start to Saha’s career. Although Saha managed only one fifty in the rest of the games, his performance was decent enough to help him carve a place in the first edition of the Indian Premier League.

Wriddhiman Saha in IPL

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Saha was drafted by Kolkata Knight Riders. The season opener match of KKR vs RCB, was lit up by McCullums blitzkrieg knock of 158* from 73 against RCB. Though Saha never got to bat in that game, it was completely KKR’s night.

Saha’s batting position in the rest of the tournament was never settled. He was sent to open the batting in a few games and bat down the order in the other games. Still, Saha managed to score an impressive 59 against Kings XI Punjab. Saha managed to notch 159 runs in 12 games in the inaugural season of IPL.

Wriddhiman Saha was bought by the Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2022 auction and in IPL 2023 & 2024, GT retained him for Rs 1.90 crore.


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Wriddhiman Saha International Career

Wriddhiman Saha Biography
Credits: The Himalayan Times

Saha made it to the Indian squad for the first test in South Africa’s tour of India, in 2010. His place in the playing XI was definitely uncertain but a last-minute injury to Rohit Sharma left a void which was filled by Saha, though it was unexpected. As it is said one man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity.

Saha couldn’t open his account in the first inning but managed to add 36 runs to the total in the second inning. The match was completely dominated by South Africa. Hashim Amla’s knock of 253* is a pioneer in South Africa’s run feast. India was never into the game and lost it by an inning and 6 runs.

An important point to be noted here is that Saha came in as a pure batsman not as a wicketkeeper-batsman.

Saha was chosen as a permanent reserve in the test matches by the selectors. His keeping abilities and his performance on the domestic fronts were quite good to go unnoticed by the selectors.

Saha, although being a part of the 16 men’s squad that toured Australia in 2011-12, got a chance to play after Dhoni was suspended on account of slow over rate. Though the Indian top order collapsed, Saha stitched a useful 114-run partnership with young Kohli for the sixth wicket. India went on to lose the game which was mostly dominated by Ponting and Clarke’s mammoth 386 run partnership in the first inning. This was the first instance when Saha came in as a keeper batsman.


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Saha’s position in the India national cricket team until then was a reserve wicket keeper. He never really got the needed no. of matches to prove his worth. It was only after Dhoni’s retirement from the red ball format post the Boxing day test against Australia in 2014, Saha became more prominent in test cricket.

In his battle for a place in the Test squad, Saha played two ODIs against New Zealand in the New Zealand tour of India, 2010. Saha debuted in the first ODI against New Zealand on 28 November 2010. Though it was not an impressive debut as he managed to score only four runs, the entire series was dominated by Kohli-Gambhir masterclass and a top knock by Yusuf Pathan in the fourth ODI of the series.

Saha played his next ODI after a gap of 4 years in 2014 against Bangladesh. Saha has never been able to cement his place in the white-ball format due to the constant influx of options to the selectors apart from Dhoni being dominant across formats.

Wriddhiman Saha was selected as the first-choice wicket keeper in the 2-match test series between India and New Zealand in November, 2021. In Test Cricket, his 200 from 221 balls against England in 2018 and 148 in 123 balls in ODI against SL boosted his confidence.

Cricketer Wriddhiman Saha Stats

  • Batting & Fielding
FORMAT Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 40 56 10 1353 117 29.41 2973 45.50 3 6 129 14 92 12
ODIs 9 5 2 41 16 13.66 56 73.21 0 0 5 0 17 1
FC 135 200 35 7007 203* 42.46 14429 48.56 14 43 858 63 330 38
List A 116 103 27 3072 116 40.42 3 20 138 18
T20s 246 218 35 4519 129 24.69 3523 128.27 2 24 440 140 137 37
  • Bowling
FORMAT Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 40
ODIs 9
FC 135
List A 116
T20s 246

Wriddhiman Saha IPL Stats

  • Batting & Fielding IPL Stats of Wriddhiman Saha
YEAR MAT NO RUNS HS AVG BF SR 100 50 4S 6S CT ST
Career 161 24 2798 115* 24.98 2185 128.05 1 13 278 84 88 24
2023 17 1 371 81 23.19 287 129.27 0 2 47 8 9 2
2022 11 1 317 68 31.70 259 122.39 0 3 40 7 11 2
2021 9 0 131 44 14.55 140 93.57 0 0 7 5 6 0
2020 4 1 214 87 71.33 153 139.86 0 2 24 5 2 1
2019 5 0 86 28 17.20 53 162.26 0 0 13 1 4 1
2018 11 2 122 35 15.25 102 119.60 0 0 17 1 5 1
2017 14 1 234 93* 23.40 187 125.13 0 1 20 8 10 2
2016 12 1 270 56 24.54 212 127.35 0 2 29 1 7 3
2015 14 0 249 42 19.15 197 126.39 0 0 16 10 11 3
2014 17 2 362 115* 32.90 249 145.38 1 2 33 18 8 4
2013 3 0 70 39 23.33 56 125.00 0 0 6 4 0 0
2012 4 0 6 6 6.00 14 42.85 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 7 2 68 46* 68.00 63 107.93 0 0 2 4 2 0
2010 13 4 67 22 22.33 53 126.41 0 0 9 1 3 3
2009 8 4 72 25* 24.00 41 175.60 0 0 3 4 2 0
2008 12 5 159 59* 31.80 119 133.61 0 1 12 7 8 2

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FAQ’s

What is the price of Wriddhiman Saha in IPL?

During the IPL Auction 2024, the Gujarat franchise secured Wriddhiman Saha’s services for a sum of Rs 1.90 Cr.

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What is the age of Wriddhiman Saha?

Wriddhiman Saha is currently 39 years old.

When did Wriddhiman Saha make his international debut?

Wriddhiman Saha made his international debut for India in a Test match against South Africa on February 6, 2010.

What is Wriddhiman Saha’s role in the Gujarat franchise in the IPL?

In the IPL, Wriddhiman Saha’s role within the Gujarat franchise involves leveraging his experience as a wicketkeeper-batsman to enhance the team’s performance, making valuable contributions both in his duties behind the stumps and with the bat.

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