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Wriddhiman Saha breaks this unique MS Dhoni wicket-keeping record in Cape Town Test

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Published Jan 8, 2018, 5:14 pm IST
Updated Jan 8, 2018, 5:17 pm IST
The West Bengal keeper made his way into the record books after affecting vital dismissals behind the wickets.
During South Africa’s first innings total of 286, that saw the Indian fielders put down catches at slips, Saha was involved in five dismissals. (Photo: BCCI)
 During South Africa’s first innings total of 286, that saw the Indian fielders put down catches at slips, Saha was involved in five dismissals. (Photo: BCCI)

Cape Town: After day three of the first Test witnessed no action due to rain, India bounced back in the third innings on Monday, bundling out South Africa for 130 on Day four of the Cape Town Test.

The Indian bowling was set up nicely and forced the Proteas batsmen to play at deliveries on tight lines, prompting catches behind the wicket. As the likes of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar got the job done, it was wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha who also had a hand in the dismissals.

 

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In the process, the West Bengal wicket-keeper claimed a unique record to his name by becoming the first Indian keeper to affect ten dismissals in a Test match. With that, he overtook Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who previously claimed nine dismissals in a Test match against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in 2014.

The 33-year-old also went past Farokh Engineer's record of 82 dismissals to become the fifth most successful wicketkeeper of India. Saha completed the feat in just 60 innings, 23 more than held by Farokh.

Saha also joined the likes of South African keepers David Richardson and Mark Boucher to complete the most number of dismissals in an India-South Africa Test match.

During South Africa’s first innings total of 286, that saw the Indian fielders put down catches at slips, Saha was involved in five dismissals. However, during the second innings, he failed to contribute with the bat after Dale Steyn dismissed him for a duck.  

Follow all the live action from the India's fourth innings here.

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