Saha 4th Wicketkeeper to Hit 2 Fifties

Wriddiman Saha has scored 2 half centuries in the ongoing 2nd Test against New Zealand at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

With his twin fifties, Saha became only the fourth Indian wicketkeeper to register scores of over 50 in the each innings of a Test match.

The feat was last achieved by MS Dhoni at Brimingham against England in 2011. He had scored 77 in the first innings and 74 not out in the second.

Dilawar Hussain (59 & 57) was the first Indian to do it in 1932 against England, followed by Farookh Engineer (121 & 66) in 1973 against England.

Dhoni got it first in 2008 at Mohali against Australia and in the same series he also made 56 and 55 at Nagpur. At Wellington, the former Indian skipper scored 52 and 56 not out against New Zealand in 2009.

Saha also became only the second wicketkeeper after Gerry Alexander to remain unbeaten in both the innings after going past the 50-run mark.

Overall, Former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper and captain Andy Flower achieved the feat seven times in his career, while England’s Alan Knott scored fifty plus runs in each innings of a Test match five times.