Parthiv Patel replaces injured Wriddhiman Saha for Mohali Test, makes a comeback after 8 years

Parthiv Patel last played a Test match in 2008 against Sri Lanka.

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New Delhi, Nov 23: Wicketkeeper batsman Parthiv Patel has made a comeback into the Indian Test squad after a gap of eight long years.

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Patel will replace regular wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha for the third Test match against England in Mohali.

Saha has been Team India's first choice as wicketkeeper after MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket. (Team India for remaining 3 Tests announced; Bhuvneshwar Kumar in Gautam Gambhir out)

As per a BCCI communique, "BCCI medical team confirms that India wicket keeper Wriddhiman Saha developed a strain in his left thigh during the second match of the five match Paytm Test Series-2016, played against England at Visakhapatnam."

"As a precautionary measure, Saha has been advised rest and will not play in the next Test match of the series. Parthiv Patel will replace Saha in the Indian team for the third Test to be played from November 26, 2016, at Mohali," informed BCCI honorary secretary Ajay Shirke.

Parthiv, the 31-year-old left handed batsman, last played a Test match for India way back in 2008 against Sri Lanka. The southpaw from Gujarat made his Test debut at the age of 17 in 2002 in England.

He has represented India in 20 Tests and made 683 runs in 30 innings. He has affected 8 stumpings and took 41 catches in the 20 matches he played. 

Patel's induction into the Test squad surprised several cricket experts and enthusiasts.

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