New Delhi, Feb 22: Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has been picked to join Indian cricket team on Monday after Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni suffered muscle spasm in the back during training ahead of the Asia Cup T20 tournament.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Monday, said Dhoni suffered a muscle spasm during training in Dhaka.
"India ODI and T20I captain MS Dhoni has suffered a muscle spasm in the back during a training session today in Dhaka.
"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Parthiv Patel as the back-up wicketkeeper for the upcoming Asia Cup, 2016. He will join the team in Dhaka at the earliest," BCCI said in a media advisory on Monday evening.
The 30-year-old Parthiv has featured in 20 Tests, 38 ODIs and 2 T20Is. However, he has not played for India since February 2012.
Here is how twitterati reacted upon Parthiv Patel's surprise induction in Indian squad:
Dhoni's replacement should ideally be a middle/lower order wicketkeeper batsmen. Where is Parthiv Patel going to bat if he plays?— dorku (@Dorkstar) February 22, 2016
Am I the only one who suspects that Parthiv Patel came under #patelReservation quota??— Sudipto Roy (@sudipto21) February 22, 2016
Finally a consistent domestic performance is rewarded. If Parthiv Patel gets a game, he will try to make an impact— Happy birthday YASH (@BeingYuvNaseer) February 22, 2016
Parthiv Patel was out of team at age of 18 & nw he is doing comeback at the age of 18.— SRK enough said (@t9_w3u) February 22, 2016
@msdhoni Dhoni is out no one care , Parthiv Patel replace him everybody loses his mind.— ♤ Yatin Sharma ♤ (@meriid_) February 22, 2016
Parthiv Patel called as backup for the Asia Cup as MSD suffers from muscle cramps. its just like replacing hulk with Chota Bheem in Avengers— Switch Hit (@userashu) February 22, 2016
Parthiv Patel makes come back In Team India. Hardik Patel smirking in his moustache for now— Nirbhay (@NirbhayShah) February 22, 2016
OK why not Dinesh Karthick or Robin Uthappa??!! Why Parthiv Patel ?— Emmanuel Paul Raj (@EmmanuelPR42) February 22, 2016
Parthiv Patel is Trending in Twitter :D Just because of #MSDHONI B|— Vidyadhar (@Vidyadhar_R) February 22, 2016
That Craze _/\_