India’s 1st-choice Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha will look to surpass MS Dhoni on the list of wicketkeepers with most dismissals in the India-Bangladesh Tests when he takes the field in the upcoming 2-match series.
India take on Bangladesh in Indore from Thursday as the two teams meet after India’s win in the T20I series.
Wriddhiman Saha currently has 7 dismissals from 2 Tests involving India and Bangladesh while MS Dhoni leads the list with 15 from 3 Tests.
Dinesh Karthik is second on the list with 12 wickets while Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim is on the third spot with 11 wickets. Former Bangladesh cricketer Khaled Mashud is 4th with 8 wickets.
Notably, Rahim had the opportunity to go past MS Dhoni as early as the 1st Test in Indore. However, the seasoned campaigner is unlikely to keep wickets in the upcoming Test series as he has said he will give up wicket-keeping in Tests to manage his workload. Mohammad Mithun is likely to keep wickets for Bangladesh in the Test series.
MS Dhoni holds the record for most dismissals in an India-Bangladesh Test (series) as he had affected 8 in the one-off Test between the 2 countries in 2009-10. Saha has so far managed 4 dismissals in a single Test — 2016-17 one-off match in India.
Most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in India-Bangladesh Tests
MS Dhoni – 15, Catches – 12, Stumpings – 3
Dinesh Karthik – 12, Catches – 11, Stumpings – 1
Mushfiqur Rahim – 11, Catches – 9, Stumpings – 2
Khaled Mashud – 8, Catches – 5, Stumpings – 3
Wriddhiman Saha – 7, Catches – 5, Stumpings – 2
Wriddhiman Saha got the nod ahead of Rishabh Pant in the 3-match Test series against South Africa at home earlier this year. The seasoned wicketkeeper-batsman returned to the side and was impressive behind the wickets. Saha affected 12 dismissals — 11 catches and a stumping — over 3 Tests against the Proteas.
With India and Bangladesh playing their 1st-ever day-night Test in Kolkata from November 22, expect Saha to be busy behind the wickets as the pink ball is expected to nip around a bit more than its red counterpart.
Notably, India had trained with the pink ball on Tuesday as the batsmen mixed and matched between pink and red balls at the nets.
Captain Virat Kohli got his first experience of negotiating the pink ball as throwdown specialists Raghavendra and Sri Lankan Nuwan Senaviratne hurling the pink stuff at express pace. A throwdown net was created on the other side of the ground on separate practice turfs with a black sight-screen on Tuesday.