Indian cricketer Parthiv Patel, who was the part of historic Test win against Australia in 2018-2019, recalls the infamous sledging between former Australia’s captain Steve Waugh and him during the 2003-2004 Test series. He also tells how he repeated the same sledging incident with Steve Waugh’s son during the 2018-2019 tour.
The four-match Test series between Australia and India is a big show for the two teams where sledging is the part and parcel between the two sides. Last year, India created history after winning the maiden Test series in Australia. Parthiv was also the part of historic win although he didn’t get a game to play, he took time to reply Steve Waugh to his sledging in 2003 Test series.
Parthiv Patel gives back to Steve Waugh’s son:
In 2003-2004 series, the wicketkeeper-batsman tried to sledge the then Australian captain Waugh. In reply, waugh said to Patel:
“Show a bit of respect, you were in nappies when I played my first Test match”.
In the 2018-2019 series, Waugh’s son Austin was one of the four substitute fielders for Australia during the Sydney Test. Patel saw an opportunity and walked up to Austin Waugh to give it back.
“I didn’t bump into Steve Waugh, but I did bump into his son, during the Test match in Sydney in 2018-19. He was one of the substitute fielders for Australia. I went up to him and said: “You were in your nappies when I made my Test debut” (laughs),” recalled Patel on the YouTube show called Cow Corner Chronicles.
“I told him to pass my regards to his dad (Steve Waugh) and just say those words back to him,” added Patel.
Parthiv has played 25 Test matches, 38 ODIs and two T20Is. The wicketkeeper-batsman last played for India in 2018 against the hosts South Africa and since then he has not played for India. But the left-handed batsman is still positive about his comeback in the national team.