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‘MS Dhoni came in because I didn’t grab my chances,’ says Parthiv Patel

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Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has revealed a fact about himself.

He has said that he doesn’t feel unlucky to have played for the country for not a long period of time because of the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni as they had started playing nearly the same time. But, as per him, he got the opportunity before Dhoni but he couldn’t grab it.

However, Parthiv Patel had made his Test debut in 2002 in England at the age of a mere 17. But, he ended up playing only 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and two T20Is for India. And, when MS Dhoni became regular, Parthiv rarely got the chance in the playing eleven as well.

While speaking on The Curtly Karishma Show, he has also admitted that he failed to capitalize on the opportunities he had got in his international career.

“Honestly speaking, I don’t look at it that way (whether he was unlucky). I had the first crack at the Indian team, before Dhoni,” Parthiv Patel said. “I was dropped because my performances were not up to the mark in international cricket. Then MS Dhoni came in. I can’t say that I was unlucky because I did not get to play more. I had already played 19 Test matches before getting dropped. I also cannot say that I did not get enough opportunities. 19 Test matches is a lot.”

He continued: “Having said, after MS Dhoni came in, maybe I would have made a comeback. But I don’t see myself as unlucky. Coming from a place where I was, I feel absolute privilege at where I am. 25 Test matches, I would have taken that with both hands in 2002, when I made my Test debut,” he added.

However, Parthiv Patel had shown his abilities and also scored 10 half-centuries. but it was his poor wicket-keeping skill that somehow saw him out of the team as well. Parthiv Patel also played for several teams in the Indian Premier League where he had played in 139 games, amassing 2848 runs which came at a strike rate of 120.78. Moreover, he has played with the legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman in his era as well.

“Obviously, there is a debate over which is the greatest Indian team. The eras were different. You cannot just compare teams. What this team is doing right now is completely unbelievable. That does not mean that the teams of the past were not that great,” Parthiv Patel shared.

”In early 2000s, no one thought India could win even a Test match in England or Australia. The Headingley Test in 2002 was an absolute green top, where India went on to win. In 2007, India won a series in England. But yes, I would say this side has more options. There are a lot of replacements ready,” Parthiv Patel concluded.

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