ASHISH SHUKLA Port of Spain/ Trinidad
Parthiv Patel is resigned to the fact that he would only be Indias second best wicketkeeper as long as Mahendra Singh Dhoni is around
but far from being frustrated, he considers it as a motivation to continue.
You play the game because you want to turn out in Indias colours. That has always been a huge motivation, Parthiv said on the eve of Indias first ODI against the West Indies at the Queens Park Oval.
After an impressive start to his international career in 2002, things suddenly went wrong for the cherubic 26- year- old wicketkeeper- batsman.
But years of toil in the domestic circuit and advises from seniors and friends helped Parthiv find his bearings.
alt147 I received great help from ( Kiran) More sir, Anshuman Gaekwad and of course Dhoni.alt148 alt147 Italt146s been beneficial to see how Dhoni goes about his work. The best lesson watching him is to notice how relaxed he is,alt148 Parthiv said of Indiaalt146s regular skipper.
Looking back at his career, Patel felt it was lapse of concentration than anything else that cost him his career.
alt147 Some said I wasnalt146t receiving the ball well. Others pointed out that I was getting up too soon ( while receiving the ball). But I think it was just a lapse of concentration,alt148 he said.
His equanimity once helped India save a Test against England from a difficult situation. But, somehow, Parthiv failed to keep the promise he had showed initially.
alt147 Certain things are accepted.
If you perform well, you stay in the team. If you donalt146t, you go out.alt148 alt147 Frankly when I was out, I wasnalt146t keeping well. I didnalt146t deserve to remain in the team,alt148 a candid Parthiv said.
Still it wasnalt146t easy for him as suddenly a life of stardom was turned into one of obscurity.
alt147 It sure wasnalt146t easy. But you needed to find your way back. You needed to improve.alt148 Parthiv, who made his T20 international debut for India last Saturday, surprisingly played only 18 ODIs in a career spanning nine years, but is expected to play all the five ODIs against West Indies in the next few days.
Talking about the opening T20 fixture, Parthiv said the ploy was to stay calm in the first four overs.
alt147 We ( the openers) had decided to stay put for the first four overs as the wicket was a little damp. But then I went after the bowling as we needed to make the most of first six overs,alt148 he said.
Parthiv made 26 runs off 20 balls with two fours and one six.
While keeping, he didnalt146t concede a single bye on a rank turner as Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin and Yusuf Pathan sent down 12 overs.
alt147 I am used to keeping to Harbhajan and Ashwin so that really is no problem.alt148
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