Guess who is coming back to the Indian Squad? The pocket dynamo! 31-year-old wicketkeeper batsman, Parthiv Patel. He has not played a Test match for 8 years and now he makes a comeback. He replaces injured Wriddhiman Saha for the 3rd test.
The 3rd test is to be played between India and England at Mohali. It starts on the 26th of November. “BCCI medical team confirmed that Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha developed a strain in his left thigh during the 2nd match of the test series, played against England in Visakhapatnam,” a BCCI media statement read.
“As a precautionary measure, Saha is advised rest and will not be able to play in the next Test match. Parthiv Patel will replace Saha in the team for the 3rd Test to be played from November 26, 2016, at Mohali,” the release added.
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Parthiv made his Test debut against England in 2002. He was the youngest wicket-keeper in the history of test matches at 17 years 152 days. The wicket keeping batsman averages 29.69 with 683 runs, including four half-centuries. His last international appearance was in an ODI against Sri Lanka back in 2012.
Parthiv has been performing decently well in the ongoing Ranji Season. His inclusion in the team is much due to the fact that he has till now scored 415 runs at an average of 59.28. It includes a century and 3 fifties in as many as 5 matches.
Virat Kohli (c)
Parthiv Patel (wk)