New Delhi: Ahead of all-important South Africa tour, India’s backup wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel has injured his middle finger on the left hand while keeping wickets during the ongoing Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match between Gujarat and Bengal at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
The Gujarat captain, who was named in India’s Test squad for South Africa, left the field after being hit on the hand while keeping. Parthiv then did not feature in the rest of the day’s play.
“He got hit twice or thrice on his finger and it was hurting badly. Not sure what the update is on his injury though,” Manprit Juneja, Gujarat batsman, was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Meanwhile, Gujarat head coach Vijay Patel has confirmed that injury is not a serious one and Parthiv won’t take long to recover.
India takes on South Africa in the three-match Test series starting January 05, 2018 in Cape Town.
The wicketkeeper-batsman last played for India in a Test match last year against England. While Wriddhiman Saha remains the first choice wicketkeeper it is unlikely that Parthiv will get a game on South Africa tour. However, in case of an injury to Saha, Parthiv will don the gloves. Interestingly, opener KL Rahul, who is also part of the Tets squad, can also perform wicketkeeping duties as well.