At last Parthiv Patel Gets a Call for India against England Test

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Thursday, November 24th, 2016 | 0

It has been 8 years since the cricket world last saw Parthiv Patel playing test cricket. It is also 4 years since his last one day international. At last wicketkeeper Partiv Patel gets a call from Indian team to play against England in the test match on Saturday, November 26 in Mohali. He was the young most test player in the world at the age of 17 years 153 days and now he is the second oldest member in Team India.

Parthiv Patel

Parthiv gets the call because Wriddhiman Saha got a thigh injury during the test against England in Bisakhapattanam and doctor suggested him resting for a while. Though he is the first choice, Saha will not be seen in the third test match to avoid further injury. Patel got his call 15 hours after the declaration of squad with Gautam Gambhir out and Bhuvneswar Kumar in for pace attack. BCCI confirms that Patel will play instead of Saha against England in the third test match of the ongoing India-England series.

Patel earned his call over youngster Rishav Pant who has scored a triple hundred in Ranji Trophy for Delhi and if called it would be his debut test match for the national team. The selectors understand the chance and take along the veteran Patel though left out for a long long time. Another contestant was Naman Ojha who played the test that Saha missed, but the glove is for Patel.

Patel is selected not only for keeping but the selectors thing him for his left handed batting variation also. Dinesh Kartik was also discussed for the position but the former gets the position because of his left-hand batting variation. Patel is considered because England has a leg spinner Adil Rashid, and left arm spinner Zafar Ansari. The selectors believe this would add some extra advantage for the team. On which order Patel will bat is not sure yet.

Patrhiv started great in this year’s Ranji Trophy. In eight innings he scored a total of 415 with one hundred and three fifties.

Parthiv played his first Test cricket in England in 2002. For Patel this may be a long time, but he has something to get consolation too, because his call is earlier than that of John Tricos of Zimbabwee who got his second call after 22 years of debut. Patel is also ahead of Sir Don Bradman. Due to the frenzy of WWII, Bradman played his second test match in 1946 after 1938. The wait was of 8 years and 97 days. Here Patel had to wait 8 years and 106 days. This opportunity can be a game changer for 31-year-old Patel.

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