Waiting to come back with a bang: Parthiv Patel

Published: Thursday, October 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel, on a comeback trail with a good 2004-05 domestic season, says he is keeping himself ready to "comeback with a bang", as and when he gets the national call-up.

At the same time, a more confident and mature Parthiv, now 20, is not worried about selection as he believes people will notice good performances anyway - but is also banking on luck to smile on him.

"I don't worry about the selection. If I'll score runs and if I'll keep wickets well I will automatically be noticed by selectors and by everybody," Parthiv Patel, in town for the Irani Trophy, told in an interview.

"So, the only thing I have to focus on is my game," said the diminutive Gujarat stumper who represented the Rest of India against Railways in the Irani Trophy tie that ended Tuesday.

After a good 2004-05 domestic season, Parthiv is now waiting for a national call up, though his replacements - Dinesh Kaarthick and Mahendra Singh Dhoni - have grabbed the chances and maintained their places with some good performances with the gloves and the bat.

Competition is, however, not worrying 20-year-old Parthiv.

"Competition would always get the best out of players. I don't have to worry about international (cricket) because I am not there (in the Indian team)," he said.

The Ahmedabad-based Parthiv said that he would have to make the best use of the opportunities that would come his way in the new season that started with the Irani Trophy - and for the lady luck to shine.

"I would rather focus on those games, keep performing and myself ready, if at all (I get a national call up). It's just a matter of luck. You never know when it changes," he averred.

"So, I would prefer keeping myself ready every time and whenever I get a chance I should come back with a bang," he declared.

That statement emanates from the confidence Parthiv oozes these days.

"Yes, I have that confidence in me. I have kept well throughout the whole domestic season. Am practising well and hoping that luck favours me," said the stumper who played 19 Tests and 14 one-day internationals since making his Test debut against England in 2002.

The axe fell on Parthiv when his wicket-keeping standards fell drastically last season, though he was batting well.

Parthiv, who at 17 years and 153 days became the world's youngest wicket-keeper to make Test debut when he played against England in 2002, scored 442 runs at 34.00 and effected 21 dismissals in eight matches in the previous domestic season.

"I wanted to just relax and perform, and show my eagerness and hunger (for cricket) to the people, that I belong to this place (national level)," he said.

With the pressure off his head, Parthiv said he played his natural game.

He said that the opportunity he got to play on a variety of pitches helped his wicket keeping and he "definitely experienced a lot of things".

Parthiv, however, felt that his basics were always correct and it was just a matter of getting his confidence back.

"Whatever has been said about me -that I have faults in my wicket-keeping technique and all that - I don't believe. I have confidence in my ability," he said.

"I can do well and reach the mark I have set before. So, it was just a matter of getting my confidence back."

The diminutive stumper, however, admitted that he lost confidence under pressure while keeping for India.

"Maybe I took a lot of pressure on me about wicket-keeping," said the bespectacled Parthiv, who was dropped from the Test team after the Nagpur Test against Australia last year and his last One-dayer was against Sri Lanka at Colombo during the Asia Cup, also last year.

He then made his Ranji Trophy debut for Gujarat and had a fruitful season.

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