Rarely do you see keepers engage in such one-on-one battles. On the second day of the one-off Test between India and Bangladesh, it happened.
India were cruising at 466 for four in the 117th over of the game, when Mushfiqur Rahim, who is otherwise sound behind the stumps made a hash of things allowing Saha to convert the miss into a ton, a needed one from Saha’s point of view.
To rub salt to Rahim’s miss, Saha went on to score a ton. He was on 4 when this gaffe took place.
Shakib was the bowler. Saha puts on his dancing shoes comes down the track in the quest of clearing the ground only to miss the line of the ball, that stayed a touch low. Rahim, who gathered the ball cleanly and went to whip off the bails, he failed in the first attempt, by then Saha got ample time to make his ground, when Rahim finally dislodged the bails, Saha was well in.
Against a team that has the ammunition like India have, if you want to succeed, you have to make half chances turn in your favour to create an impact.
For Saha, who is coming back in the team in whites, it was very important for Saha to get runs under his belt, before taking on the mighty Australians.
As we speak, India has just declared the innings at 687/6. Saha made them pay heavily remaining not out at 106.