Parthiv Patel made his way back into the Indian Test team after nearly eight years when he was picked in place of Wriddhiman Saha for the third Test between India and England at the PCA Stadium in Mohali starting 26 November.
Saha, who took over wicketkeeping duties from MS Dhoni after the latter's retirement from the format in December 2014, has been rested for the third Test after developing a thigh strain during the second game of the series at Visakhapatnam, in order to prevent his injury from aggravating.
"As a precautionary measure, Saha has been advised to rest and will not play in the next Test match," a statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said.
Patel last played an international game in February 2012 in an ODI against Sri Lanka during the Commonwealth Bank Triangular series. His last Test appearance was also against the same side during India's tour of the island nation in August 2008.
Prior to the call up, Patel had been playing for Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy, where he had racked up 415 runs at an impressive average of 59.28, including a century and three fifties. The diminutive cricketer from Ahmedabad first made his debut in the Indian team under Sourav Ganguly's leadership when he was picked during India's tour of England in 2002.
India are currently leading the marathon five-Test series 1-0 after winning the second match at Vizag by a big margin of 246 runs. Skipper Virat Kohli shone with the bat in both innings, scoring 167 and 81, while Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with eight wickets. Chasing an improbable target of 405, the English openers Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed put up a solid stonewalling effort on the penultimate day, before the Indian spinners tore through the opposition batting order to finish the match a few overs after lunch on the final day.
The remaining matches of the series will be played in Mumbai and Chennai respectively, with England set to play three ODIs and as many T20Is thereafter.
With inputs from AFP
Updated Date: Nov 23, 2016 10:36 AM