There is a good news coming for Indian pocket dynamite Parthiv Patel that he will be playing the fourth test match of the ongoing India versus England five match test series in Mumbai. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) just announced that their regular wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha is recovering from his thigh strain injury and will not be fit in time for the Mumbai test.
Wriddhiman Saha picked up his thigh strain in the second test match which was played at Visakhapatnam. He was out straight away from the playing eleven after the injury and was replaced by Parthiv which was a surprise to many if not for everyone. There are many talented young wicket keepers in Indian domestic circuit but selection committee chose him for his experience and his recent form in Ranji Trophy.
Parthiv though had other plans. He was specially selected above other wicket keepers for his glove skills rather than his batting ones. But he proved everybody wrong when he dropped as many as five catches in the third test at Mohali showcasing his poor glove work. But at the same time he sparkled with the bat in both the inning scoring 42 and 67 not out respectively.
Making a comeback to the international cricket level after eight long and hard years is not an easy task to anyone. But Parthiv absorbed the pressure beautifully while he was opening for his side at the expense of injured KL Rahul. Though Rahul is fit for fourth test and will play alongside Parthiv but mostly new comer Karun Nair will miss out on the playing spot.
Meanwhile, the most experienced fast bowler of India, Ishant Sharma has been released for his wedding which will take place during the Mumbai test on December 9. He was with the team but didn’t get the chance to play because of Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav’s rich form.