Parthiv Patel as back-up opener? That’s a good headache, says Virat Kohli

Parthiv Patel impressed with scores of 42 and 67* while opening the innings for India in the third Test against England.

By: PTI | Mohali | Published:November 29, 2016 6:11 pm
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Parthiv Patel’s positive batting with scores of 42 and 67 not out has impressed skipper Virat Kohli so much that he did not rule out a possibility that along with second wicketkeeeper’s slot, the Gujarat stumper could also be an option as back-up opener.

With KL Rahul’s injuries, failure of Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan still to hit a good run of form, Parthiv has has emerged as an another alternative for the skipper.

Asked if Parthiv could be Rahul’s back-up, Virat sounded optimistic, “Wow, that’s a good headache to be honest. You never know, there are all kinds of possibilities. The way he approached both the innings, it was amazing to see. That’s where experience from first-class level comes into play. The intent he showed in both innings deflated the opposition totally. Credit to him to go out there and counter-attack the seamers. He really stood out for me as a batsman, as a keeper as well he did well. So you never know, let’s see what happens in next few days and we will take a call accordingly.”

The skipper is also happy that the reserve pool of bowlers has enabled him to push his strike bowlers that bit extra.

“Obviously, it boosts your confidence up a notch, when you have quality bowlers in your reserves as well. As a captain, you always feel that you can ask your main guys to push every game that they play. Especially, we have Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar sitting and waiting for their chance. Even spinner like Amit Mishra is not playing. So it’s a good thing that whoever is playing is standing up and making his presence felt. That as a captain is pleasing.

“Especially in a game like this, where you get opposition out for 280 on a flat wicket gives you confidence as a bowling unit that you are on top and dictating terms. As a captain, it is an added advantage.”

Virat said that Ashwin’s was a minor niggle sustained while taking a run and apart from the reported ones like Wriddhiman Saha, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya, the others in the team are fit.

“All three niggles have been addressed –Rahul, Saha and Hardik. All others are fit and fine. Ashwin is fine and it was just an exaggeration while taking a run on that particular day. All are fit and fine.”

About his duel with Ben Stokes, Kohli did not want to divulge any details as to what transpired.

“See, he is competitive player and so am I. I wouldn’t like to explain or elaborate what happened on the field. It’s better left to officials to understand and know what happened. These things only motivated me in the past and they continue to do so, I don’t mind it.”

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    krushi
    Nov 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm
    This is the eye opener for Indian Team. Our Opening Pair in Tests and One Day etc., lacks good and consistent Openers who are lack in form, concentration and technique etc., The hopeless Openers who are creating this mess in our team are the following Paper Tigers 1) Mr.Murali Vijay 2) Mr.Shikar Dhawan 3) Discarded Mr.Ghambir. They are inconsistent, lack technique and no concentration on this big stage. Better try this young chap Mr.Rahul(He also frequently fails, he is highly reputed, but frequent failure) and the Hopeless Middle Order Mr.Rahane. They do not take this cricket seriously and it appears play for something else. Frequent failures put pressure on others in the team to perform. What is the fun keeping this useless characters in the team?? Is it gap filling in a building. Just Allow Rahul and Parthiv to open for next few tests and discard this other inconsistent elemens like Vijay, Dhawan, Ghambir and Rahane. Chance can be provided to this young chap Rishabh Pant. The Openers never gave a solid start and always put pressure on others for their failures. Is it worth for them to find a place in team
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