Competition helps you to perform better: Parthiv

Published: Monday, August 25, 2003, 0:07 [IST]
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Bangalore: Wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel indicated on Sunday the recent tour of England with India 'A' side has boosted his confidence and he is now looking forward to playing in both Test Match and One-day series against New Zealand at home. "I had a nice tour of England. My confidence level is high," Parthiv told reporters here during the course of the conditioning camp for Indian cricket team probables at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. He said he is working on improving his batting. Parthiv also scored a century during the England 'A' tour, which was good one for him. Parthiv does not believe he has no competition as far as wicketkeeping slot is concerned. "Competition will always be there. It can help you to perform better.

That will push you a bit," he said. He sought to dispel the impression that he was straight away catapulted into the national side without playing in Ranji Trophy matches. "I was in National Cricket Academy...went to Australia and was also captain of under-19 side. I had a bit of international experience." To a question, he said ahead of the New Zealand series, build-up games such as Challenger series and Irany trophy as well two warm-up matches against the Kiwis would be "vital". For Parthiv, the ongoing camp is the first such experience of his career and he seemed to be overawed.

"It's nice and completely different. We are all together after a long-time...all the top players together...it's good we are together."

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