Parthiv Patel is experienced, skillful, says coach Kumble on his comeback

News Agencies | First published: 24 November 2016, 18:43 IST

Chief coach Anil Kumble on 24 November said Parthiv Patel's experience as well as better "keeping skills" have enabled him to make a comeback in the Indian Test side after eight long years.

"Parthiv has been really consistent both with his keeping as well as his batting. That's why Parthiv was chosen. Rishabh Pant has certainly shown the exuberance a young cricketer can bring in. He has shown a lot of batting skills. He has obviously got a lot of runs in domestic cricket."

"But Parthiv was chosen for his keeping skills and his experience," Kumble said.

The coach also made it clear that Wriddhiman Saha, who is a few notches above his peers in terms of glovework, still remains the first-choice keeper of the Test team which may well mean that Mohali will be the only chance for Parthiv to prove himself.

"I think it's unfortunate that Saha is missing out on this Test match. He suffered a strain on the final day of the Test match. We wanted him to play. He was obviously in the starting line-up but yesterday's scans showed there was a little bit of tendonitis. That's why it was better that we gave him a break from this Test match," Kumble briefed about the No.1 keeper's injury.

Lavishing praise on Pant's youthful exuberance, Kumble made it clear as to why Dinesh Karthik, who has had a far better season with the willow compared to the Gujarat stumper, failed to make the cut. The reason is he is not keeping wickets for his state side Tamil Nadu.

Some of Karthik's recent Ranji Trophy scores are 163, 73, 95, 65 and 80 while Parthiv has 53, 61, 60 and 139 to show for his efforts. In batting, Rishabh has been in prime form with 874 runs that includes four hundreds. He has scored a triple ton and the fastest hundred this season.