Parthiv happy to be back where he belongs

Published: Sunday, July 13, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Stock pic... Parthiv Patel is back in India Test, thanks to his batting exploits for Chennai Superstars in IPLChennai: Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel, who came back into the reckoning of the national selection committee with his meaty performances with the willow in the Indian Premier League (IPL) today expressed happiness on his return to the Test squad.

"I am happy to be back in the squad for the Lanka tour," the diminutive Gujarat left hander said in a brief interaction with media after a stint at the nets at the M A Chidambaram stadium along with speedster Zaheer Khan on Saturday.

Both arrived a day ahead of the other members of the 16 member squad which will have a day's nets here on July 14 before leaving for Colombo on July 15.

"Now I am eager to perform well in the Test series," Parthiv said.

Parthiv had last played for India in a Test match at Nagpur in 2004 against Australia. He was replaced by Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik, who is also in the Lanka bound squad now.


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