If sources are to be believed, India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha may not be on the cards to have hands in for the upcoming Mumbai Test, after not getting back on his feet from a severe strain on his left thigh muscles which meant Parthiv’s presence is through and through to play his part against England, according to the records in the Mumbai Mirror.
Parthiv Patel’s approach to Test circuit was a spectacular comeback after 8 years that saw the little man performing in both innings, scoring 42 in the first innings followed by a match-winning invincible 67-run knock that escorted the team shift gears to clinch an emphatic eight-wicket victory over the visitors and took a 2-0 well-fortified lead in the five-match Test series.
Apart from taking guard in front of the wicket, Parthiv fulfilled the services behind the stumps as well that potentially describes him as a key wicketkeeper-batsman. Though Parthiv Patel batted exceptionally well as an opening batsman, he may have to glue in the middle-order in case if Lokesh Rahul is fit as a fiddle and will certainly be on cards to perform his customary duties as an opener.
England’s chances of winning the Test series looks beyond the bounds of possibility and a rebound from 0-2 behind to ticking forward is still possible if they sort out their insipid woes as the fourth Test is scheduled to take place at the dynamic Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on December 8 (Thursday).
India squad vs England (Mumbai Test)
Virat Kohli (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.