Pa­tel re­places in­jured Saha as In­dia keeper

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In­dia have called up wick­et­keeper Parthiv Pa­tel for the third test against Eng­land af­ter Wrid­dhi­man Saha was ruled out of the match in Mohali with a thigh strain, the coun­try’s cricket board (BCCI) said yes­ter­day.

Saha re­placed Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni as In­dia’s test wick­et­keeper af­ter the for­mer cap­tain re­tired from the five-day for­mat at the end of 2014. He has played 20 tests for In­dia but will be un­avail­able for the match start­ing on Satur­day. “BCCI med­i­cal team con­firms that In­dia wick­et­keeper Wrid­dhi­man Saha de­vel­oped a strain in his left thigh dur­ing the se­cond match... played against Eng­land at Visakha­p­at­nam,” the board said in a state­ment. “As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, Saha has been ad­vised rest and will not play in the next test match of the se­ries.” Pa­tel be­came test cricket’s youngest wick­et­keeper when he made his de­but as a 17-year-old against Eng­land in 2002 and has gone on to play 19 more tests for the coun­try, the last in Sri Lanka in 2008.

The hosts lead the five-match se­ries against Eng­land 1-0 af­ter win­ning the se­cond test in Visakha­p­at­nam by 246 runs. — Reuters

VISHAKHA­P­AT­NAM: In this pho­to­graph taken on Novem­ber 19, 2016 In­dia’s wick­et­keeper Wrid­dhi­man Saha (L) watches as Eng­land’s Jonny Bairstow (C) plays a shot dur­ing the se­cond Test cricket match be­tween In­dia and Eng­land in Vishakha­p­at­nam. Saha was yes­ter­day ruled out of the third Test against Eng­land, prompt­ing the se­lec­tors to re­call Parthiv Pa­tel. — AFP

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