Parthiv Patel as India’s Wicket-keeper for third test
The Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) has announced, on Wednesday that Parthiv Patel will Wriddhiman Saha as India’s wicketkeeper for the third Test, which is against England at Mohali.
Saha, India’s first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman in this longest format of the game has recently developed a strain in his left thigh during the second Test at Visakhapatnam.
So, as a precautionary measure, Saha has been advised rest by the Indian team’s medical team.
Parthiv Patel’s last Test appearance for India was against Sri Lanka in the year 2008. In fact, the left-hander has not played international cricket since his T20I outing against England in 2011.
In 20 Tests, the 31-year-old has almost accumulated 683 runs at an average of 29.69. Patel has four fifties to his credit in test matches.
Parthiv Patel had a good start in Ranji Trophy
Parthiv Patel has enjoyed a wonderful start to his Ranji Trophy during 2016-17 with Gujarat. He has scored 415 runs so far on an average of 59.28, with three fifties and a hundred.
However, for the Delhi’s young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, it is not further logistically possible to reach Mohali from Wayanad, where he is currently playing Ranji Trophy match.
Pant, who is also currently topping the run charts in the Ranji Trophy with 874 runs, would have to travel to either Kochi or Thiruvananthapuram by road from Wayanad, and then they would take a flight to Delhi followed by another connecting flight to Chandigarh in order to reach Mohali.
The BCCI on Tuesday has also named India’s 16-man squad for the remaining three Tests against Alastair Cook’s side.
Fit-again Bhuvneshwar Kumar was also brought back in place of veteran opening batsman Gautam Gambhir, who was released from the squad.
The Mohali Test is set to be played from November 26. India lead the five-match series 1-0.