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IND vs ENG 2016: Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha Ruled Out Of Chennai Test

India will be without their fast bowler Mohammed Shami and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha for the fifth and final Test in Chennai starting from December 16. Both the players are also missing the ongoing fourth Test in Mumbai

The BCCI, on Sunday, sent out a release saying Shami has “soreness in his right knee and has been advised rest and rehabilitation. He will be going to the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bengaluru to start his recovery programme.”

The fast bowler, who has been performing brilliantly in the series, has a history with his knee. He had undergone a knee surgery after the last World Cup and was out for 15 months and speaking before the fourth Test, Kohli had said that the team will not take a chance with his knee.

He had said:“Because he has a history of knee surgery, we don’t want to push a player to an extent where we lose him for the whole season.”


On the other hand, Saha, who also missed the third Test in Mohali, has still not recovered from the thigh injury that he sustained during the second Test in Visakhapatnam.

Ajinkya Rahane has already been ruled out of the series after sustaining an avulsion fracture on his right index finger during a practice session.

Parthiv Patel, catch
Parthiv Patel (Image Credit: Google)

IND v ENG 2016: Anil Kumble Praises Parthiv Patel On Successful Test Return

India head coach Anil Kumble has heaped praise on comeback man Parthiv Patel for his brilliant performance in the third Test at Mohali. The wicket-keeper-batsman was recalled to the Test team after eight long years to replace the injured Wriddhiman Saha and he totally justified the team management’s decision.

The southpaw showed little nerves as he scored 42 in the first innings and remained unbeaten on 67 off only 54 deliveries to anchor India’s 103-run chase.

Praising the 31-year-old, Kumble said:“Parthiv came in after eight years and did not really show nerves you would expect, although he is a seasoned campaigner. He was asked to open he did that brilliantly and also kept wickets very well. He was not worried about failing.”

KL Rahul, who played the Vizag Test, was ruled out of the third match after suffering a forearm injury and Parthiv was asked to open the innings.

“I was really pleased that he could walk into that match and not just keep wickets and bat at six or seven. When you are making a comeback after eight years you always want to do well for yourself and here is Parthiv who was willing to put his hands up when asked to open. That shows his character. I am pleased with that,” Kumble added.

The former leg-spinner, who shared the dressing room with Parthiv, also had a word of praise for Gujarat wicket-keeper’s unflappable character.

“Even when he came into the team first as 17 or 16 year old, he still looks 16 if he shaves his beard off, he showed lot of maturity first time he saved a Test match for India. It certainly shows if you are putting hard yards in domestic cricket, never losing your faith and believing that you can make a comeback, it’s possible,” he said.

Meanwhile, Parthiv will get another chance to consolidate his claim in the Test team. He is set to play the fourth Test in Mumbai as Saha has still not recovered from his thigh injury.

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Parthiv Patel replaced Wriddhiman Saha during Test series against England

IND vs ENG 2016: Parthiv Patel Set To Play Wankhede Test, Wriddhiman Saha Still Unfit

Parthiv Patel will retain his place in the playing eleven for the fourth Test against England, which begins on Thursday (December 8) in Mumbai. First-choice wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who strained his left thigh during the second Test in Visakhapatnam, missed the third Test in Mohali and it seems, he is still recovering from the injury.

The news was confirmed by BCCI’s official Twitter handle:

Meanwhile, the Gujarat wicketkeeper-batsman, who returned to the Test side after eight long years, will look to impress once again to stake a claim in the Test team.The southpaw had an impressive outing in Mohali that made India Test skipper Virat Kohli admit he can be an option for the backup opener.

The 31-year-old missed his half-century by eight runs in the first innings but made amends in the second innings by remaining unbeaten on 67 off 54 deliveries to anchor India’s chase of the 103-run target set by England.

On the other hand, India will look to wrap up the series in Mumbai. The hosts are leading 2-0 in the five-match series and a win or draw will see them registering their first series victory over England for the first time after 2008.


Stat Attack: Wicket-Keepers Dominating 2016 Like Never Before

Gone are those days when a wicket-keeper’s role was primarily limited to doing a good job behind the wickets. In the 1980s and 1990s, a wicket-keeper having a batting average of somewhere around the 25s was good to play for any team but the scenario has completely changed now. The likes of Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have redefined the role of a wicket-keeper in the team and current wicket-keepers like Jonny Bairstow and Quinton de Kock have made sure to carry on the mantle.

The current year has seen the wicket-keepers averaging 40.79 in Tests which is the highest in a calendar year since 1900.

England wicket-keeper-batsman Bairstow is leading the race for the highest run-getter this year in the longest format of the game. The right-handed batsman has accumulated an impressive 1355 runs in 15 matches with an average of 64.52 and two Tests still left before the year ends, he is bound to add more runs. His run tally is already the highest by a wicket-keeper in a calendar year. The previous record was held by former Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower, who had scored 1045 runs in 2000.

On the other hand, South Africa’s wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock has also been in brilliant form. With two centuries and four half-centuries, the southpaw has accumulated 589 runs in seven Tests at an impressing average of 65.44. The Proteas gloveman has been in impressive form in the One-Day internationals too, where he has scored 857 runs in 17 innings at an average of 57.

In the history of Test cricket, only eight wicket-keepers have scored 500-plus Test runs in a calendar year at a 60-plus average with Bairstow and de Kock being the two of them. Andy Flower was the first to do this, in 2000 and 2001.

The likes of BJ Watling (554 runs at 42.61), Wriddhiman Saha (366 at 40.66), Shane Dowrich (307 at 38.37) have also impressed with the willow.

Here is a list of the wicket-keepers with 300+ runs in 2016:


Player Inns Runs Average 100s
Jonny Bairstow 25 1355 64.52 3
Quinton De Kock 11 589 65.44 2
BJ Watling 17 554 42.61 1
Sarfraz Ahmed 15 426 30.42 0
Wriddhiman Saha 11 366 40.66 1
Shane Dowrich 10 307 38.37 0


Here is a list of highest averages for wicket-keepers in a calendar year since 1900


Year Tests Runs Average 100s 50s
2016 42 4855 40.79 9 26
2013 44 5204 40.03 13 29
2009 41 4532 39.4 8 25
2001 55 5501 38.2 12 26
2014 41 4426 34.57 8 22
2007 31 2965 34.47 3 23
1996 28 2821 34.4 6 11
1972 14 1232 34.22 1 9
1975 16 1533 34.06 1 13
2012 42 3785 33.2 5 16



Wriddhiman Saha practicing.

IND v ENG: ‘Wriddhiman Saha Is India’s No. 1 Wicket-Keeper’

The BCCI chairman of selectors MSK Prasad feels Indian cricket team has a good bench strength now which is quite a thing to be proud of.

Prasad laid emphasis on the fact MS Dhoni-led India played with the second string bowling against New Zealand in last month’s ODI series and performed exceptionally well. The chairman of selectors stated that developing a good bench strength is primary concern and objective right now, which seems to be turning out well. He also hailed all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin for his brilliant performance against England in the first three tests.

“Ashwin times the ball really well and I wouldn’t be surprised if people mistake him for V.V.S. Laxman,” Prasad said.

“He’s not just a bowler anymore. He’s also a dependable batsman. You can see that Kohli’s relaxed when Ashwin bats. We believe that the stability he brings to batting will rub on players like Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant.”


India’s comeback man Parthiv Patel played really well in the third Test against England. Although Prasad feels Parthiv is better than Wriddhiman Saha as a package but the latter is still the best wicket-keeper when it comes to Tests.

“He has done well for the past couple of years both in terms of batting and wicketkeeping. His glovework is better than before. I wouldn’t say that he’s better than Saha. Saha is still the No. 1 wicketkeeper for India. We also have Naman Ojha and Dinesh Karthik, but Parthiv’s a wholesome package,” he added.

“Also, it helped that he’s a left-hander. We thought, being a left-hander, he can handle Adil Rashid and Zafar Ansari better. He can bat at any position to.”

Prasad has also declared KL Rahul fully fit for the final two Tests against England.


Parthiv Patel and Cheteshwar Pujara walks back.
Parthiv Patel and Cheteshwar Pujara walks back.

Parthiv Patel All Set To Be Retained, Wriddhiman Saha Unlikely For Mumbai Test

Parthiv Patel, who played his first Test after a gap of eight years, is set to retain his place for the Mumbai Test as Wriddhiman Saha, who missed the third Test at Mohali match due to a thigh injury, is unlikely to get fit in time for the fourth Test at Mumbai.

Another selection dilemma awaits as KL Rahul, who missed the third Test due to an injury on his left forearm, is expected to play the Mumbai Test. Virat Kohli will now have two choices, either to let Parthiv open the innings and keep Rahul on the bay or push the wicket-keeper down the order.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given few off days to players and have asked them to assemble in Mumbai on December 5, three days prior to the start of the fourth Test. England players too have made most of the break between the two games as the whole team has gone to the UAE to take some time off from the game and be with their family and friends.

Indian team is currently 2-0 up in the series with two matches to go. Alastair Cook will look to turn the tables in Mumbai as it’s the same ground where England, on their last tour to India, made a comeback and registered a win to level the series.

Harbhajan Singh bowls.
Harbhajan Singh bowls.

FAKE FB WALL : Harbhajan Singh Rates Parthiv Patel As The Best Skipper After His Stumping

The Indian off-spinner once again made a spin in his view as after rating Wriddhiman Saha as the best wicketkeeper, today, after watching the stumping of Parthiv Patel he turned his view and rated Parthiv Patel as the best skipper. Here is what Bhajji has to say about him –

FAKE FB WALL : Harbhajan Singh Rates Parthiv Patel As The Best Skipper After His Stumping 1

Dinesh Karthik
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Dinesh Karthik Rues Injury Came At Wrong Time

Dinesh Karthik is probably an apt example of a player born in the wrong era. He never got the chance to cement his place in the national team despite performing consistently with the bat as well as gloves in domestic cricket. After Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from Tests, Wriddhiman Saha took the role behind stumps. Any chance of Karthik making a comeback to the team was looking extremely bleak but an opportunity came when Saha got injured before the third Test against England.

With experience and form on his side, he would have thought of getting another shot in the national team. However, the Indian team preferred wicketkeeping skill ahead of batting form and selected Parthiv Patel instead. At least, that’s what India head coach Anil Kumble hinted during his press conference on Thursday.

Kumble said:“Regarding Dinesh, at the moment, I don’t think he is keeping wickets for Tamil Nadu and I am not sure why that is the case.But, at the moment, from what I gather he is not keeping wickets.”

Well, the Indian coach was right as the Tamil Nadu player did not keep the wickets against Madhya Pradesh at Cuttack last month due to the injury. As expected, Karthik, who has scored 574 runs at an average of over 63 so far in Ranji Trophy, expressed his disappointment after being overlooked.

Speaking to The Times of India, Karthik said:“It’s a setback and I’m disappointed.The injury came at the wrong time. I suffered a finger injury during the first match against Mumbai.

“It was a hairline fracture in the middle finger on the right hand and yet I decided to keep wickets in the next two matches. It got worse and I was advised not to keep wickets as any further damage would mean the end of my season.

The wicketkeeper-batsman revealed he even worked with former Indian glovesman Sameer Dighe.

“I feel terribly bad as I have worked hard on my keeping skills. Ahead of the season, I worked with former India keeper Sameer Dighe on my glove work,” he said.

“Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Kapoor (captain and coach of India Blue side in Duleep Trophy) can certainly talk about the improvement I have made as a keeper,” he added.

However, the latest setback has not hampered his will of making a comeback to the team.

He said: “Though I’m a bit upset, I now know that I’m in contention.

“I will be fit for the next game against Gujarat as a keeper. I have given my best in batting and I’m confident of doing well with the gloves as well. Keeping is a lot like umpiring, the misses are remembered most.

“I have genuinely improved as a keeper and I’m itching to wear them back. As I said about two months back, I still have the burning desire to play for India again,” he concluded.

Anil Kumble during a presser.

Parthiv Patel Picked For His Experience And Wicket-Keeping, Says Anil Kumble

Anik Kumble, head coach of Indian cricket team, has revealed the reason why Parthiv Patel was chosen in the squad for the third Test vs England at Mohali as there were questions why Rishabh Pant was ignored, despite being the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy so far.

Kumble said: “Yes, Rishabh has certainly shown the exuberance and what a young cricketer can bring in. He has shown a lot of his batting skills. He has obviously got a lot of runs this season in the domestic circuit. But Parthiv was chosen for his keeping skills as well, keeping and his experience. Regarding Dinesh, at the moment I don’t think Dinesh is keeping wickets for Tamil Nadu, and I am not sure why that is the case. But at the moment, from what I gather, he has not been keeping wickets for Tamil Nadu.

“I think it’s unfortunate that Saha is missing out in this Test match, he had a strain on the final day of the Test match. He was obviously in the starting the lineup for this but the scans yesterday showed that there was a little bit of tendonitis, that’s why it was better that we gave him a break from this Test match. Parthiv has been really consistent, both in his keeping as well as batting. That’s why Parthiv was chosen,” Kumble added.

There are clear indications that Mohali pitch will be spin-friendly but it is not expected to be rank turner, a pitch which we are yet to witness in the series so far.

Speaking on this matter Kumble said: “Certainly gone a lot slower to what it probably used to be in the 90s. But having said that, I am someone who certainly does not give too much importance to the conditions. We need to play good cricket. I certainly believe that we played good cricket, both in Rajkot and in Vizag. That’s why we are 1-0 ahead in the series. We will have to do that again, repeat that again in Mohali, no matter what the conditions are. Like I said over the years, I think it has certainly gone slightly slower, not necessarily the way it used to be in the early 90s.”

It looks like Indian selectors have made a right choice by selecting Parthiv Patel as Rishabh Pant still has a long way to go. Also, this will probably be the last chance for Parthiv, who is already 31 and with a flurry of wicket-keepers present in domestic circuit, he’ll have to be really good in both his departments.

The third Test between India and England starts from November 26 at Mohali. India is already 1-0 up in the series.

Parthiv Patel makes come back In Team India as a back up for MS Dhoni
Parthiv Patel makes come back In Team India as a back up for MS Dhoni

India vs England: I knew my chances were coming, Says Parthiv Patel

A merry go round, this is the name with which we can associate the career of still the 17-year lookalike Parthiv Patel. Having made his debut still in the period of adolescence, Parthiv Patel was rated as the future of Indian cricket, people were like they have got their Sachin Tendulkar but soon with rising age, his form declined and poor show behind the wickets forced selectors to keep him out of the squad. He did make few comebacks in 50-overs squad but Test cricket, was not just his cup of tea as he last appeared in a five-day game way back in 2008, “I wasn’t expecting (Wriddhiman) Saha to get injured. It is really unfortunate, but that is how it is,” Parthiv Patel told Cricbuzz.

“I knew my chances were coming since it was going to be a long season with 12-13 Test matches in home conditions and I was always amongst the runs and keeping well in domestic cricket. Though I was not in India A, I always kept speaking to the selectors and they kept saying, ‘keep doing what you are doing’. The biggest hope came when I went to Asia Cup as a keeper as MS Dhoni’s cover. So, I knew I had to be ready. I was working hard, so this is definitely not a surprise call,” he said.

Parthiv Patel had a good run last year. As a skipper of Gujarat, he led his team to a successful run in Vijay Hazare Trophy with his first ton in List A cricket coming in the final game only. It was a perfect day to end the century drought. In current Ranji season , Parthiv has scored a total of 415 runs in five games which include one century and three half-centuries.

Talking of the blues which will face when he will enter a totally revamped dressing room with new players he said, “I haven’t entered the dressing room yet, I won’t be able to tell you what changes have come. What I have heard is that it is an extremely exciting lot; everybody is keen to do things and trying to get Indian cricket to a different level. It will be great to join a lot of players who were with me in India A and who have played under me.”

Parthiv received a surprising call at the start of the year when he was kept as standby for M.S. Dhoni for Asia Cup who was facing back issues. It was one of the motivational calls for him, “You can’t really do much about that, especially when you have a wicket-keeper/captain as good as MS Dhoni is. What he has achieved is remarkable. You can’t really worry about that, you can’t do much about factors that a not in your control.

“I wanted to improve my own game, I love playing cricket, I love going to the ground, working hard and doing all those things that a cricketer loves to,” he concluded.

As of now, Parthiv is in for only one Test but a good performance will surely keep him in the frame for the series (Australia, Bangladesh) to come.

The third Test between India and England start from November 26 at Mohali.

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