He might have been out of the national setup for close to 4 years, but wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has not given up hopes of a comeback into the Indian team. Patel, in the months gone by, has been in sparkling form with the bat. He has amassed a lot of runs in the Indian domestic circuit and his current batting displays in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy just present a strong case for his comeback.

Patel even led Gujarat to its first ever victory in the Vijay Hazare Trophy recently. The wicketkeeper, is still confident of making a comeback to the Indian side, despite last featuring for the team in early 2012 in Australia. “I am not someone who puts extra pressure on myself thinking that I have to play for India. Yes, there is a dream and there is the motivation of playing for India again, but there’s no point just thinking about it,” said Patel.

“I have been the top scorer so far in the tournament. I am feeling good about my game and if I can win this tournament for my state there is nothing like it. But definitely there is a big motivation of playing for India,” Patel added. “I did play as a batsman for a while and getting consistent runs. As a player, I can only perform to whatever ability I have. The rest is not in my hands. If I keep scoring and doing the right things. I am sure selection will take care of itself,” Patel said.

Patel spoke about Gujarat’s chances in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and said, “Obviously we do well in this format. We have won it twice in the last four years. This is a format in which we always do well. We go into this tournament with confidence. We just focus on our strength. Ours is a good mix of experience and young players who want to become big in Indian cricket.”

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