Wriddhiman Saha in elite company with MS Dhoni

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Kolkata, Oct 3: Continuing his impressive performance with the bat, Wriddhiman Saha on Monday (October 3) slammed yet another half century in the penultimate Test against New Zealand.

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Saha remained unbeaten in both the innings of the Kolkata Test after hitting a half century in both the innings. The local lad scored 54 not out in the first innings and an undefeated 58 in the second essay. (Saha is best wicketkeeper in India: Kohli)

Wriddhiman Saha in elite company with MS Dhoni

In doing so, Saha became the fourth Indian wicketkeeper to hit two consecutive fifties in a Test match and equalled Mahendera Sindh Dhoni's record to enter an elite club.

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Dhoni was the last wicketkeeper-batsman who achieved this feat at Brimingham against England in 2011. Dhoni had scored 77 in the first innings and 74 not out in the second. In fact, Dhoni has did it on four ocassions in his career before hanging up his gloves in Test cricket, in 2014.

During India's tour to England in 1932, Dilawar Hussain (59 and 57) was the first Indian to do so. Farokh Engineer (121 and 66) in 1973 was the second Indian stumper to achieve this feat against England.

Dhoni got it for the first time in 2008 at Mohali against Australia. He also scored 56 and 55 at Nagpur in the same seires. The former India Test skipper slammed 52 and 56 not out against New Zealand in 2009 at Wellington.

Saha also happens to be the first wicketkeeper batsman to remain not out in both the innings in the match he made a fifty-plus score.

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Story first published: Monday, October 3, 2016, 13:06 [IST]
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