Remember Parthiv Patel, the kid who made history by becoming the youngest Test wicketkeeper back in 2002? It’s alright if you don’t, because you won’t be the only one left wondering. Just check Twitter for confirmation!
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.
If you haven’t been keeping tabs on the young player, this will be Patel’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 Australia. Patel has an experience of 20 Tests under his belt with 683 runs to his name at an average of 29.69.
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.”
As soon as the announcement was made, social media sites were buzzing with the news. There were many who congratulated the player, some who questioned the decision but the most classic responses were puns and jokes that it inspired. Check out some of them here.
ATM is out of service.
Don’t worry, we have Micro ATM.
Saha is out of service.
Don’t worry, we have Parthiv Patel.
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) November 23, 2016
“Parthiv Patel? Who Parthiv Patel?
Oh! That wicket-keeper.
Now I recall him.”
Parthiv Patel recalled.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) November 23, 2016
— Shubh Aggar’Wall’ (@shubh_chintak) November 23, 2016
Anil Kumble running the team. Parthiv Patel keeping wickets. We are back in 2008. Can we get Sachin Tendulkar to bat at no.4 too?!
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) November 23, 2016
Parthiv Patel made his Debut 3 years before Dhoni. Watched his whole career unfold. And is around to step in for his replacement. He’s 31
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) November 23, 2016
— Rizwan Saiyed (@rizzu_saiyed) November 23, 2016
Is he grown up to play Tests regularly?
Still looks like a 13-year old who saved a Test in England
Welcome back to big league, #ParthivPatel
— Sreejith Panickar (@PanickarS) November 23, 2016
— saurabh (@Saurabh0412) November 23, 2016
— Idiot (@santhu1212) November 23, 2016
Parthiv Patel is such a great person that he never looks down on people
because of his height .
— Lame af Monk (@oldschoolmonk) November 23, 2016
“Type your Password”
“Password is too short!”
— Nerd Stark (@itsaashuu) November 23, 2016
Parthiv Patel recalled in Indian team because small notes are in trend.
— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) November 23, 2016
Parthiv Patel back in the Test squad after 8 years. Why was Rishabh Pant not given a chance? Modiji must answer.
Firstly Urjit PATEL as a governor and now Parthiv PATEL in test Squad
Modiji must answer
— Sabyasachi Banerjee (@MrAmbiDexter) November 23, 2016
Later, Patel even took to Twitter to notice and acknowledge all those who wished him well. He tweeted: “Thank you very much everyone for ur wishes…this couldn’t have come at a better time..will give my best..#happytobeback#india#test”.