It is great news for left-hander gloveman, Parthiv Patel that he will be making a comeback in Indias test squad after eight long years. He will be replacing injured first-choice keeper Wriddhiman Saha, as the latter has got a strain in his left thigh during the second test against England in Vishakapatnam and hence he will not be available for the third test in Mohali in order to avoid the enhancement in the impact of the injury.
Recently, ICC released a statement: As a precautionary measure, Saha has been advised rest and will not play in the next Test match of the series. Parthiv Patel will replace Saha in the Indian team for the third Test.”
Parthiv played his last test way back in August 2008. In the meanwhile he has been playing for his Ranji team Gujarat, in the current season, he has got a pretty reasonable start as he has made 415 runs in the first eight innings if the season with an impressive average of around 60. It comprises of 3 half-centuries and a century as well which he scored in Gujarats second innings against Madhya Pradesh. He played a phenomenal innings of unbeaten 139 in just 170 deliveries.
Patel has got an experience of 20 Test while playing for India in which he had made 683 runs at 29.69 with a career-best score of 69. Considering Sahas recent form, it will be pretty difficult for Parthiv to make his spot in the national squad for a full-time basis. In order to do that, he needs to play extraordinarily well in the Mohali test.