Parthiv Patel, in a conversation with Aakash Chopra, the former Indian cricketer, discussed different scenarios where the wicket-keeping for India Cricket was one of the topics.
The wicket-keeping slot is constantly shuffling after MS Dhoni played his last game as a wicketkeeper. India tried KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, and Wriddhiman Saha along with Dinesh Karthik for some time. Parthiv, the former wicket-keeping batsman thinks, the Indian management is impatient when it comes to the selection of wicket-keepers as, in a short era, several juggles have been made.
Parthiv Patel: We are very impatient with our wicket-keepers
“Personally, I think that with wicket-keepers, we are very impatient. We can’t expect (them to perform) in every match and every series. I played two Tests in South Africa, then Dinesh Karthik played two Tests in England, then in Australia, both Karthik and Saha weren’t there, so Rishabh Pant played,” said Parthiv.
“According to me, we are trying to fix something that is not broken. Now that we have Saha, we don’t have a reason to do anything else. I feel that against England when they asked me to open, I opened. In the 5th Test, my third of the series, Vijay injured his shoulder and I opened after keeping for 170 overs,” he added.
He also discussed that before playing for Dhoni, playing for India was his aim. He discussed that his lack of consistency later brought Karthik and then Dhoni.
“Many people have told me that I was unlucky to have been born in the era of MS Dhoni. But I played cricket for India before Dhoni and it would be wrong to seek sympathy by saying that I couldn’t play because of Dhoni. I didn’t perform well and as a result, Dinesh Karthik played. After him, Dhoni played,” said Parthiv