India's wicket-keeper batsman, Parthiv Patel's batting and keeping have been much impressive during the recent home Test series against England and he reckons that it was pretty difficult to work on his twin skills during training sessions.
Commenting on his skills, Parthiv said, "I think what has worked wonderfully well for me is the separate sessions that I have had for batting and keeping. In the past few years, when I chalked out my training schedule, I made it a point that I won't practice batting and keeping during a singular session. If I bat in the morning, I would keep wickets in the evening."
Parthiv has been playing the domestic cricket for 15 years now and that had helped him a lot to understand the job of a keeper. He explained, "There are times when I go for my keeping practice, I would tell the groundsmen to prepare a rank turner and at times would tell them to not work a single bit on the pitch. That helps you prepare for keeping on unpredictable tracks."
Parthiv only needs 344 more runs to complete 10,000 first-class runs. Talking about that he said, "I believe the amount of first-class cricket that I have played over the years have also contributed to my growth as a batsman. Also, I have done strength training and that has increased power in my shots. My natural game is to attack and I tried to play positive cricket."
He further added, "You can call it the fitness routines that I have had over the years that helped me remain fresh. Not for a moment have I felt tired which enabled me to keep wickets for nearly 160 overs (157.2) and then immediately come out for opening the innings (he scored his career-best 71."
Expressing his state of mind when he was excluded from the national side, he said, "I play the game because I love playing it. I love going to practice every day, love taking those catches at the training session. Also, the self-belief was there that if I keep performing, my chance will come. Selection is not in my hands and I can hardly do anything about it. There are guys (selectors) who are there to do the job. My job is to perform to the best of my abilities and I try doing that."
Parthiv concluded by talking about the Ranji trophy semifinals between Gujarat and Jharkhand. He said, "I think it's been a good season for Gujarat team. The boys kept up the intensity throughout the season and full credit to them that we are in the semi-finals. Being a senior member of the side, my job is to share my knowledge and experience with them. Rather than taking it as the big semi-final, I would like the boys to feel that we are playing the 10th match of the season."