Parthiv Patel has cleared the air regarding the injury which he suffered on his finger during the Ranji Trophy game between Gujarat and Bengal. A ball hit him on the fourth day of the quarterfinal game, and after the blow, he went back to the dressing room, and Anuj Rawal kept wickets for him.
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There was no news about the blow on his finger which he suffered, but the wicketkeeper-batsman has himself confirmed that he is fit –
Thank you for the concern…there is nothing wrong with my finger…
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) December 12, 2017
Parthiv Patel is making a comeback to the Indian team after a period one year. He has been named in the 17-member squad for the three-match Test series against South Africa as a backup for Wriddhiman Saha. Chances of him playing any game on tour are very unlikely as he will only get a chance if Saha misses a game due to an injury.
It was last year ahead of the Mohali Test against England when Parthiv Patel made a comeback to the Test side after Saha was ruled out for the last three Tests due to injury. Patel did well the three Tests and scored 195 runs.
However, he had to make way for Saha for Bangladesh and Australia Test series despite playing an innings of 143* in the final of Ranji Trophy 2016/17 as chief selector MSK Prasad had said that regulars would come back to the side as soon as they are fit.
There were hopes that Parthiv Patel would make a comeback for South Africa series and he, along with Jasprit Bumrah, was the only new name in the list from the side that faced Sri Lanka.
The injury which he suffered, however, drew much limelight but the wicketkeeper batsmen decided to clear the air himself to send a clear message to everyone.
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Meanwhile, Gujarat failed to qualify for the semi-final as Bengal walked ahead by first inning lead. The Manoj Tiwary led side held a lead of 825 runs at the end of the game. Interestingly, Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian skipper, also travelled to Jaipur with Bengal Ranji team.
The India tour of South Africa starts on January 5 with the first Test to be played in Cape Town. The other two Test matches will be played in Centurion and Johannesburg. The two-day practice game ahead of the series has been cancelled as the Indian team management has decided to spend more time in nets than playing any competitive game.
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