Parthiv Patel feels that Priyank Panchal must be rewarded with a national call-up for his prolific domestic performances sooner rather than later.
With 4,575 runs at an average of 45.3 across 68 first-class games, Panchal has been brilliant at that level. He shouldn't be far away from breaking into the India A side that plays in all conditions under the mentorship of great Rahul Dravid.
"Priyank has been scoring 800, 900 runs season after season. It is time he gets recognition at the higher level. But unfortunately, Manpreet Juneja won’t play because he has a groin injury," Parthiv told Sportstar about the 28-year-old Gujarat right-hander.
The wicketkeeper-batsman, who struck an outstanding knock of 143 to guide Gujarat over the line against Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy final two years back, has just come back from International duties in Australia and is gearing up for the beginning of this year's first quarterfinal versus Kerala on January 15.
"It is going to be an exciting match. I think this young Gujarat side has done well to reach this stage, without me. I am happy to be back with the team. It feels good to play Ranji Trophy again," Parthiv further said.
"It is a very good team. It must have played good cricket to reach here. And it also played very well last year. Looking at the wicket, we may have to take a tough decision and omit one spinner."
"The wicket looks a bit green and I don’t think we could play three spinners. Yes, we have good seamers too, like Roosh Kalaria, Chintan Gaja and Arzan Nagwaswalla. We have a balanced attack."