Wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel is likely to benefit from the impressive performance in the third Test against England as the team management has decided to keep him in the Indian squad for the fourth Test which will take place in Mumbai.
According to reports, Wriddhiman Saha is unlikely to recover in time and Partiv Patel will get another opportunity which he can make use of. India lead the five match series against England 2-0.
According to The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) source, Saha, who is recovering from a hamstring issue, will not be fit for the Mumbai Test which starts on December 8. This might solve the selection dilemna.
Chief selector MSK Prasad told the media in Chennai on Tuesday that Saha remains India’s No. 1Test wicketkeeper and his recovery, coupled with Parthiv’s good work, would have given the selection committee some dilemma about their pick for the next Test.
A blazing 67 after a polished 42 earned Parthiv Patel plaudits from his skipper Virat Kohli and the comeback man is thankful to the whole team for making him feel wanted.
“It was because of the kind of welcome and vibes I got in the dressing room, which was really important. Coming after eight years and wearing India whites, you are a bit nervous before the start of the Test match or while you are preparing for that moment to play for India. The guys welcomed me and it never felt like I was coming back to the dressing room after a huge gap,” Parthiv told BCCI.TV.
What was the icing on the cake was Parthiv hitting those winning runs.
“It was a great moment for me. I have been a part of Test matches before but I had never ever hit the winning runs,” said the pint-sized Gujarat stumper.
Parthiv said consistent performances in domestic cricket also helped him a lot.
“Having played domestic cricket for long, I know my game well. I was always backing myself to get runs. I was in very good form in first-class cricket and I wanted to make this opportunity count. I wanted to continue that form into this Test match.
“It is the kind of energy you need to take while you are batting. The most important part is to get runs in the game and if you are getting them, you release a lot of pressure off yourself and from the partner who is batting with you at the other end.”