Indian wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel recently got a golden opportunity to prove himself against South Africa. But Parthiv couldn't make the most of chances he got.
He couldn't convert the opportunities behind the wicket which led him to criticism in the Test series. However, the wicket-keeper thinks he did well and showed good character both with bat and gloves.
"I thought I kept well on that difficult wicket in the third Test at Johannesburg where the ball was keeping up and down. I also showed a lot of character by opening the innings (in the second essay) and tried to contribute as much as I could both as a batsmen and keeper," Parthiv told Times of India.
Parthiv considering the missed chances were tough ones. He also said that team management backed him during hard time.
"If you watch those attempts, they were not easy ones. It was a 50-50 chance and as long as you are putting in your full effort into it and staying committed - no one says anything. That was the feedback I got from the team," Parthiv said.
Despite losing the Test series, Parthiv felt the team morale never once dropped. "The result might not have gone in our favor but I thought we played really well. During every session, the talk in the middle and in the dressing-room was about winning. There was a lot of positive intent which kept the boys on top of their game," Parthiv said.
Parthiv has been picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the upcoming season of IPL. He is happy to play under Virat Kohli again.
"Virat brings a huge amount of positivity into the team and to the dressing-room. He always leads by example and the team rallies around him," Parthiv stated.
Parthiv is keen to make a comeback in the side for the upcoming England tour. "As I have said this before, selection is not in my hands at all. Each time I have played for India, I have looked to give my 100%. I am looking to always improve my game and fitness levels and show consistency in performances," he said.