Parthiv: I am glad I got a chance after eight years

Parthiv Patel, who made a comeback to the Indian Test team after eight years against England in Mohali, said he’s enjoying the game, he is in a happy space and that he’s never been worried about competition.

"I hope I would be able to help Gujarat win," says Parthiv Patel.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Parthiv Patel, who made a comeback to the Indian Test team after eight years against England in Mohali, said he’s enjoying the game, he is in a happy space and that he’s never been worried about competition. Patel replaced Bengal’s Wriddhiman Saha after the first two Test matches in Rajkot and Visakhapatnam.

"Honestly, coming back to the Indian team after eight years is something very special. I waited for a long time, scored runs and kept wickets season after season. I am glad I got the opportunity to play for India against in a Test match. Nothing changes even now, I will be doing the same thing and not worry about selection. I was never worried about competition also; there are 28 Ranji Trophy teams and so there are 27 other 'keepers trying to get into the Indian team. The competition will always be there. I am enjoying my game and I feel I am in a happy space. I hope I would be able to help Gujarat win."

Patel further said he’s pleased with his performances in the three Test matches against England. "I am happy with the way I made a comeback. They were not the easiest wickets to keep on, Mumbai and Chennai, especially on the last day. But I am experienced enough not to worry about all those things. I am still working hard on my 'keeping. Even today I had an extended session. There is not one 'keeper who has a hundred per cent record."

When asked about the reward for playing first-class cricket for eight years, Patel said: "The domestic tournaments are very important, no doubt. If you keep performing, people will take notice of it. Whenever I had a good season, I have had my opportunities playing for India 'A' or a Duleep Trophy. If I could inspire in a couple of them, I will be very happy for all the hard work I have done."