India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was on Wednesday ruled out of the third Test against England with a thigh strain, prompting the selectors to recall Parthiv Patel after eight years in the wilderness.
Saha sustained the injury during India's 246-run win in the second Test at Visakhapatnam.
"As a precautionary measure, Saha has been advised to rest and will not play in the next Test match," a statement from the Indian cricket board said.
Patel, 31, last played a Test in 2008 after making his debut against England in 2002 at Nottingham. The left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman, averages 29.69 from 20 Test appearances.
Patel's recall to the side for the third Test, which will begin on 26 November at Mohali, drew some interesting reactions on the social media, particularly on Twitter. From former and current cricketers as well as pundits to trolls and comedians, everyone had something to say on the issue.
Let us take a look at some select reactions on the micro-blogging website, starting with those from players as well as cricket experts:
— R P Singh (@RpSingh99) November 23, 2016
Never know when a door opens for you if you keep trying. Opportunity once again for @parthiv9 and reward for consistency in domestic cricket
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 23, 2016
— Chandresh Narayanan (@chand2579) November 23, 2016
19-yr-old Rishabh Pant could've been an interesting punt. Has been in gr8 form with bat, tho `keeping skills admittedly take time to develop
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 23, 2016
Parthiv Patel 20 Tests
7 in 2002
5 in 2003
7 in 2004
1 in 2008#IndvEng
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 23, 2016
— Sundar Raman (@ramansundar) November 23, 2016
— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) November 23, 2016
Twitter is also known for funny take on everyday issues. Let us take a look at some of them:
Parthiv Patel back in the Test squad after 8 years. Why was Rishabh Pant not given a chance? Modiji must answer.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@TroluKejri) November 23, 2016
"Parthiv Patel? Who Parthiv Patel?
Oh! That wicket-keeper.
Now I recall him."
Parthiv Patel recalled.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) November 23, 2016
ATM is out of service.
Don't worry, we have Micro ATM.
Saha is out of service.
Don't worry, we have Parthiv Patel.
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) November 23, 2016
Published Date: Nov 23, 2016 01:15 pm | Updated Date: Nov 23, 2016 01:15 pm