Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) upset Mumbai Indians in the game on Thursday. And, one of the surprising aspects
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) upset Mumbai Indians in the game on Thursday. And, one of the surprising aspects of the match was Punjab wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha being sent out to open.
The move worked wonders as Saha hit a unbeaten 93 in what turned out to be a match-winning performance. Interestingly, Saha himself did not know that he was going to be promoted for the match.
Saha told iplt20.com, "When I came in for the pre-match warm-up, I wasn't aware of the fact that I would be opening the innings today. After I went in to the dressing room, Virender Sehwag sent across a message to me saying I will be opening the innings today and that is when I got to know," Saha said.
"I wasn't expecting it since I have been batting in the middle-order this season, but I went out there, played a few shots, rotated the strike and fortunately got the runs on the board."
Saha was the common factor in some crucial stands during the match -- 63 runs for the opening wicket with Martin Guptill, 63 with skipper Glenn Maxwell, 52 runs with Shaun Marsh and an undefeated 47-run stand with Axar Patel.