Wriddhiman Saha rested for Mumbai Test, Parthiv Patel to play: Reports

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Mumbai, Dec 4: India's regular wicket-keeper in Tests Wriddhiman Saha has reportedly failed to recover from his injury hence Parthiv Patel is set to retain his place in the Indian squad for fourth Test match against England at Mumbai.

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Parthiv was added into the sqaud as a replacement to Saha, who was ruled out of the Mohali Test due to strain in his left thigh.

As per a Mumbai Mirror report, Wriddhiman Saha, the first-choice wicketkeeper, hasn't recovered from the injury. The decision to retain Parthiv was taken in a BCCI meeting, on Saturday (Dec 3).

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Ishant Sharma, who was part of the Indian squad for the first three Tests, has been released for his wedding while the selectors have decided to stick with a 14-member squad.

With the Ranji Trophy going on, the selectors have felt that the Indian Test squad should not be packed with too many players.

Suspence over KL Rahul:

However, there is still suspence over opener KL Rahul's fitness.

With KL Rahul’'s injuries, failure of Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan still to hit a good run of form, Parthiv emerged as an another alternative opener for skipper Virat Kohli.

If Rahul gets fit, then the Karnataka batsman would be opening the innings for India while Parthiv will be playing in the middle order at the expense of young Karun Nair.

When asked if Parthiv could be Rahul'’s back-up, Virat sounded optimistic at the end of Mohali Test, "Wow, that’s a good headache to be honest. You never know, there are all kinds of possibilities. The way he approached both the innings, it was amazing to see."

Leading by 2-0 the Virat Kohli-led Indian side will face Alastair Cook's English team on December 8 in the fourth Test match.

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