‘Priceless knock’: Twitter congratulates Wriddhiman Saha for batting with a neck strain and scoring a fighting fifty

A neck strain kept Wriddhiman Saha off the field on Saturday while KS Bharat came in his place. But on the fourth day of the Kanpur Test, the Bengal wicketkeeper-batsman came out to bat and played a brilliant innings, that too when the team wanted him to bowl with a bat in his hand.

Saha hits a sixth Test fifty after a gap of more than 4 years. Back in 2017, he scored a 165-ball 67 against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Since then, his highest score was 29 (vs SL in Kolkata, 2017) until he scored an unbeaten 61 against New Zealand at Kanpur in the second innings.

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The wicketkeeper-batsman came to bat at no. 8 when the hosts were making 103 for 6 wickets. He took his time to establish himself at the crease and after finding the rhythm, he put on a 64 run partnership with Shreyas Iyer, who became the first Indian batsman to score a century and a half-century. On test debut.

After Iyer’s dismissal, he forged another 50-over partnership with Axar Patel (28*), before stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane declared his second innings of 234 for 7, helping the Kiwis to 284. Run target.

Saha’s compassion and patience left fans showering praises on social media. Here’s how Twitter reacted to the knockout of their fight:

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Till stumps on Day 4, New Zealand were at 4 for 1. Ravichandran Ashwin provided an early breakthrough as he dismissed Kiwi opener Will Young for 2. The visitors would need 280 runs to beat India on the final day of the fifth Test.

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