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The Big Test Awaits Parthiv Patel

By Rashmi Nanda -
The Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel-led Gujarat team to reach their first Ranji Trophy final in 66 years and the southpaw is just 281 runs short of completing 10000 runs in the first-class cricket.

Parthiv articulated that he is glad about his efforts ahead of the Ranji Trophy final against Mumbai. He also emphasized that winning the Ranji title will be a dream-come-true for him.

He stated, “Personally it has been a good season for me. I am happy with the way I am playing. I am in a happy space. On top of that, it’s good to see our team getting into the Ranji Trophy final. That’s something that I have always dreamt about and there would be nothing like winning the final,” 

The 31-year-old Gujarat captain accepted that it is a big moment for his team to take on the 41-time Ranji Trophy champions and his team ready to take them.  He offered, “That’s something (playing Mumbai) very big for us. As cricketers, we have grown up watching Mumbai cricket in the West Zone. We always look forward to compete against them and beat them. We have beaten them in the one-day and T20 formats but in the Ranji Trophy, in the recent past, only once have we got the lead. But as I said, we have grown up watching Mumbai, learned a lot from then,” 

Last season, the Vijay Hazare Trophy clinched by the Gujarat team, also were the champions of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in the 2014-15.

Parthiv felt that they have enjoyed major success in the shorter formats of the game, as they have reached the Ranji final is the most important attainment.

Patel stated, “It is a big moment for all of us. We have worked really hard. There are a lot of guys back home who know how much hard work we have put in, how much planning we have done to get this far. The success in the shorter formats has given us a lot of belief. But I am sure playing a Ranji final will encourage a lot of juniors to produce their best,” 

The Gujarat skipper feels that the right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah deserves to play for India.  Parthiv said, “He has been bowling very well and he has earned his place in the Indian team. He enjoyed a fantastic season and we are all happy that he is representing the country,”