Author: Abhishek Rajan
Wriddhiman Saha has revealed that he finds it quite tough to keep wickets against India’s spearhead fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah.
Saha is regarded as one of the best wicket-keepers in the world because of the agility in his movement behind the stumps. He keeps pulling off stunning catches for India from time to time.
Saha says that Bumrah is someone who bowls with a very steep angle. The ball seems to be coming in for the batsman as it pitches, but after pitching, it sometimes just straightens or holds its line and in that scenario, if the batsman misses the ball, it’s really difficult to collect it behind the stumps.
Saha’s analysis is completely understandable because a keeper’s initial movement is to follow the trajectory of the ball.
If you are keeping against Bumrah and the batsman is right-handed, your first movement is towards your left because of the angle of the ball and you have to cover that little bit of an extra distance to collect the ball towards your right if the ball holds its line and the batsman misses the ball.
“Bumrah is the most difficult to keep to because of the angle he bowls from,” Saha said while speaking to Reuters.
“It’s one angle when a batsman plays the ball, and completely another when he doesn’t. For that reason, it’s important to be focused all the time while keeping to Bumrah.” Saha further added.
Saha has recently made his comeback to Test cricket after remaining out of action for quite a few months due to injury issues.
With his impeccable glove-work, Saha has managed to establish himself in the Indian Test side again, although his form with the bat hasn’t been particularly impressive.
The 35-year old is expected to be a part of India’s playing XI in the first Test match on the upcoming New Zealand tour.
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