'Parthiv's keeping has been a big let down'

Published: Sunday, April 4, 2004, 0:40 [IST]
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Mumbai:Former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Raj Singh Dungarpur, on Saturday praised Indian cricketers for winning hearts along with matches but ridiculed wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel's performance with the glove as "disappointing".

Dungarpur said on the sidelines of The Acres Club inauguration function in Mumbai that the Indian cricketers' performance on the field has been magnificent and if they continue to play the way they are playing at the moment they can realise the dream of winning a Test series abroad.

"I was there in Pakistan during the One-day series and the camaraderie among the players is to be seen to be believed. There is no doubt that the confidence of the team is very high and I won't be surprised if they win the series handsomely," he added.

Patting the Indian team for their off the field conduct, Dungarpur, said, "I think the players have followed our Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's advise of winning hearts along with matches to perfection".

"I am sure they will come back triumphant and with many happy memories as the Pakistan people simply loved these dashing cricketers where ever they went. However, I am a bit disappointed with young Patel's keeping," he added.

"Though his batting has been improving, he has not kept wickets with confidence. There is no doubt that he started off as a promising wicketkeeper but is yet to perform to his potential. If he wants to contribute to this historic series, he has to pull up his socks fast and deliver as soon aspossible," he added.

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