Mumbai, The Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced that Parthiv Patel will replace Wriddhiman Saha as India’s wicketkeeper for the third Test against England at Mohali.
Saha, India’s first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman in the longest format of the game, developed a strain in his left thigh during the second Test at Visakhapatnam.
As a precautionary measure, Saha has been advised rest by the Indian team’s medical team.
Patel’s last Test appearance for India was against Sri Lanka in 2008. In fact, the left-hander hasn’t played international cricket since his T20I outing against England in 2011.
In 20 Tests, the 31-year-old has accumulated 683 runs at an average of 29.69. Patel has four fifties to his credit in whites.
Parthiv has enjoyed a wonderful start to his 2016-17 Ranji Trophy with Gujarat. He has scored 415 runs so far an average of 59.28, with three fifties and a hundred.
For Delhi’s young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, it is not logistically possible to reach Mohali from Wayanad, where he is currently playing a Ranji Trophy match, before 25th late evening after completing the match on 24th.