Parthiv Patel : There is no wicket-keeper in the world with 100 % record

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Parthiv Patel : There is no wicket-keeper in the world with 100 % record

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SportsCafe Desk

12/29/2016

Parthiv Patel side-stepped comparisons with Wriddhiman Saha and said no wicket-keeper in the world has a perfect record. The 31-year-old insisted that he was not worried that the Mohali Test against England could pretty much have been his last had Saha returned to full fitness for the next.

“I don't believe in any comparisons. I have already said this before – give me one 'keeper in the world who has a 100 % record and hasn't dropped a catch. Since I'm in the centre of the things, usually the dropped chances get noticed. It's like the umpire's job. Nobody talks about the catch to dismiss (Jonny) Bairstow or Ben Stokes or the stumping of Alastair Cook where it bounced at Wankhede,” Patel told Cricbuzz website.

“But I'm very confident and more experienced now. I'm sure I can handle pressure and not worry about other things.”

Patel got a Test lifeline after eight years in the wilderness following injury to Saha that sidelined the first-choice wicket-keeper for the remainder of the series.

“Every day was an opportunity for me. I was waiting for it for a long time. I was definitely not worried that this might be my last game or the last day of my Test cricket. I was just enjoying representing the country again. When you are playing such a high-pressure sport, you don't really worry about what is going to happen in the future. You just try and give your best shot,” he said.

“I have always had the self-belief of making a comeback at the international level. I was enjoying my cricket because of the success I was getting at the Indian Premier League. More than the contract, you test yourself playing against international quality bowlers. That's something you look forward to when you are not playing for India. It keeps you going.

“I wasn't frustrated when I wasn't playing as I never worried about it (selection). The present committee told me where I stand and that's a welcome step. Sometimes, when you are not in the loop, you don't know where you are. If a player knows where he stands, I think he will be able to think in the right direction.”

Patel said he has evolved as a wicket-keeper over the years.

“When I was dropped, I wasn't moving well, maybe I wasn't fit and strong enough to handle 90 overs. Now I don't need to tell anyone how fit I'm. I kept about 160 overs and came out to open (the batting). I felt really good about it.

“There are a lot of wicket-keeping drills that I have been doing, which has helped me to make sure that I'm ready and alert. I have had a good three Test matches. And the wickets were not that easy to keep. The experience I have had on keeping in Indian wickets has helped me a lot.”

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