AUS v IND 2018: Parthiv Patel feels grateful after Test recall for Australia series

Parthiv Patel had made his Test debut in 2002 against England at 17.

Patel to play in Australia | Getty Images

Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel was awarded another opportunity to revive his Test career when he was included in the national Test squad for the tour of Australia next month.

He has had mix things in the Indian Test set-up so far this year, as the national selectors have given Parthiv an opportunity to play in South Africa Test series, and then decided to go with Dinesh Karthik for the lengthy England tour, later roped in Rishabh Pant after his failure with both gloves and bat.

In the race for the gloves, there are three proficient cricketers in the Indian Test set-up at the moment, and even Patel would possibly consider himself having the slightest chances in the squad, especially ever since Pant’s emergence, as the youngster is outstanding with the bat and his work with the gloves is also impressive.

But Indian Selectors decided to go with the experienced man in Australia, though Pant remains the first-choice wicketkeeper for India, preferred Patel overall options, as the Aussie pitches demand experience with its nature to bring with it pace and bounce and keeping wickets on pitches can be quite a nightmare for the newcomers.

Parthiv is delighted to make it back to the Test squad for the Australia tour and went on his official Twitter handle to express his gratitude. He wrote, “God’s grace…”

India will face Australia in the four-match Test series with the first match will get underway at the Adelaide Oval on December 6.


By Rashmi Nanda - 27 Oct, 2018

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