New Delhi, Nov 23: Wicketkeeper batsman Parthiv Patel has made a comeback into the Indian Test squad after a gap of eight long years.
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.
Thank you very much everyone for ur wishes...this couldn't have come at a better time..will give my best..#happytobeback#india#test— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) November 23, 2016
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.
Parthiv Patel Test debut Aug 2002— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 23, 2016
Played 2 in Aug 2002
17 from Oct02 to Oct04
1 in Aug08
Missed 1, 43, and now 83 in btw#indvEng
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.
Parthiv Patel's roller coaster ride in international cricket continues. Will keep wickets in third Test. Saha has a side strain, ruled out— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 23, 2016
Patel's induction into the Test squad surprised several cricket experts and enthusiasts.