Team India was jolted massively even before the all important T20 Asia Cup commenced in Bangladesh. Indian skipper MS Dhoni suffered from back spasms in a training session and as a precautionary measure, wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel was asked to join the team as a cover to the injured Dhoni. Patel, who last played for India in early 2012, has been in the sparkling form off late. Patel was the leading run-getter in the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Gujarat, which he also successfully led to a tournament victory.
Patel then continued his form in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and did his best to impress the selectors. The recall to Patel, over the likes of Robin Uthappa, Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu signals out that the BCCI is looking to have Dhoni’s replacement as a genuine wicketkeeper and not just a part-time wicketkeeper.
Before his departure to Bangladesh, Patel spoke to TOI and said that he was delighted to be back in the scheme of things. “I have been doing well in domestic circuit for quite sometime now. Getting a callup after many years gives me an immense sense of satisfaction and I am happy to be back in the Indian dressing room,” said Parthiv.
“I am in T20 mode already and am willing to do whatever is required for the team,” said a determined Patel. India begin their campaign in the Asia Cup by squaring off against hosts Bangladesh on 24th February in Mirpur.