Parthiv Patel replaces Wriddhiman Saha for third England Test

Parthiv Patel returns to Test matches after a hiatus of eight years and four years since his last international.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 23, 2016 6:44 pm
Parthiv Patel, Parthiv, Wriddhiman Saha, Saha, Saha injury, india vs england, ind vs eng, india england test, india england 3rd test, india england mohali, sports news, cricket news Parthiv Patel is the captain of the Gujarat Ranji Trophy team. (Express photo by Jaipal Singh)

Parthiv Patel has been brought in as replacement for the injured Wriddhiman Saha for the third Test of the India-England series. Saha strained his left thigh during the second Test in Visakhapatnam and will not be able to make a mark in the third Test to avoid aggravating the injury.

This will be Parthiv’s first Test match in eight years and his first international game after four years. The Gujarat Ranji players’ last Test was against Sri Lanka in 2008 and his last international contest was an ODI also against Sri Lanka in 2012 in Australia.

A brief statement by BCCI said, “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.”

Patel has an experience of 20 Tests under his belt with 683 runs to his name at an average of 29.69.

Most recently, Parthiv Patel has been amongst the runs for Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy scoring 61, 53, 60, 21, 49 and 139* in the last six innings.

Away from the domestic scene, Parthiv plays for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Given Saha’s form, it looks unlikely that it would open doors for Parthiv in the return to the national team on a full time basis.

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  1. B
    Nov 23, 2016 at 5:06 pm
    His only Qualification: He is from Gujarat. Worst choice. Why BCCI afraid to select a strong wicketkeeper?- are they still afraid of Dhoni? Should we give team selection also to Lodha committee? Looks like the only criteria to get into team is relation with Gujarat, being a patel or favourable tweets about Modi, like Sir Jadeja
    1. D
      Nov 23, 2016 at 8:03 am
      P Patel is a very bad choice for Indian team. He will also "fill the gap": like Gambhir. They all tried, tested. old, error prone and failed. I still believe Ashwin should bat before;br/gt;Another useless guju dhokla
      1. R
        Nov 23, 2016 at 7:44 am
        1. M
          Nov 23, 2016 at 4:17 am
          This will be Saha’s first Test match after eight years and his first international game after four years. The Gujarat Ranji players’ last Test was against Sri Lanka in 2008 and his last international contest was an ODI also against Sri Lanka in 2012 in;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This is not saha, he is patel!!!
          1. N
            Neerav Vadodaria
            Nov 23, 2016 at 11:58 am
            Can't understand why people always comment on caste? Aren't you educated enough to understand this?
            1. N
              Niranjan T
              Nov 23, 2016 at 4:40 am
              When publishing a news item dont mess up names
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