Keeping wickets is no longer the sole criterion for selection- Parthiv Patel
Parthiv Patel, who made his debut in 2002 to become India’s youngest Test wicket-keeper has not lost his place in the side yet. However, his chances eclipsed since MS Dhoni bursts on to the national scene.
Meanwhile, Parthiv’s tenacity paid off, and he got back to the national team earlier this year. And by his admission, the short height wicket-keeper is enjoying the current healthy competition.
“These are exciting times for us. There are a number of wicket-keepers at this point of time waiting for their chance,” Parthiv said. “There is a healthy competition which is bringing the best out of us,” added Parthiv.
The 33-year-old Parthiv admitted that the role of a wicket-keeper has changed over the years. He also feels that keeping is not the sole criteria for selection now.
“Keeping wickets is no longer the sole criterion for selection now. The game has evolved. One has to contribute handsomely with bat, too. It’s as good as an all-rounder’s job now,” he opined. “I feel everyone is trying to match the high standard Dhoni has set,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Parthiv will don the Royal Challengers Bangalore jersey in the upcoming Indian Premier League. This edition of the cash-rich league starts from April 7. However, Parthiv is excited to play under the leadership of Virat Kohli.
“When Virat’s captaining, you have to be on your toes. He brings in a lot of positive energy and makes sure you are giving 100 percent,” he said.
Talking about the upcoming England tour, Parthiv feels keeping wickets in those conditions is challenging.
“I made my debut there and played for India A as well. The ball not only seems a lot in England but also wobbles after leaving the batsman. It’s quite difficult to gather those cleanly,” he concluded.
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