Parthiv creates 'history' in Ranji debut

Published: Sunday, November 7, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahmedabad:In what is probably the first case of its kind in cricketing history, young wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel debuted for his state Gujarat today against Delhi, even though he has already played 19 Tests and 14 ODIs for India.

"It is an odd trend, I have played 19 international Test matches, but am debuting for my state today....I guess I am lucky to play for the country before the state," Parthiv told PTI after the end of first day's play in the Ranji Trophy match being played at the Motera stadium here.

His debut with the bat however was not as he would have wanted as he got out for just 27 but with some fine hits to the boundary.

"Batting today brought out some confidence. I have to brush up my batting and wicket keeping skills to ensure a berth in the national team soon," said Parthiv on being asked what was his approach on his debut after being dropped from the main team before the Mumbai test against Australia.

"Everybody goes through a bad phase and so am I. But have to combat this phase and that will obviously happen with better performances behind the wicket and also with the bat," the young player said with optimism.

On being asked if he was "upset" that Dinesh Kartik was given the task behind the stumps at present the player said, "I do not worry about how others will perform and where they stand now. I am focussing to improve my game so that I can be part of the squad once again".

When asked how important was it for a cricket player to first play Ranji Trophy before international level matches, Patel said, "It is very important to play Ranji as it is the root. All players must have their share of the domestic version of the game".

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