India’s wicketkeeper batsman Parthiv Patel has been recalled for the third Test match against England at Mohali starting on Saturday.
Patel, 31, will be making a comeback to the national Test squad after a gap of eight long years. He will replace Wriddhiman Saha, who is suffering form an injury on his left thigh.
Patel made his Test debut back in 2002 and appeared in his last Test against Sri Lanka in August 2008.
The Gujarat Ranji player, who plays for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, has played 20 Tests matches under his name.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Patel’s Test recall:
Parthiv Patel made his Debut 3 years before Dhoni. Watched his whole career unfold. And is around to step in for his replacement. He’s 31
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) November 23, 2016
Never know when a door opens for you if you keep trying. Opportunity once again for @parthiv9 and reward for consistency in domestic cricket
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 23, 2016
Parthiv Patel back in the Test squad after 8 years!!
That is enough motivation for you to start your day. Nothing is impossible.
— Rashi Kakkar (@rashi_kakkar) November 23, 2016
“Parthiv Patel? Who Parthiv Patel?
Oh! That wicket-keeper.
Now I recall him.”
Parthiv Patel recalled.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) November 23, 2016