Parthiv Patel Left out of Oz Tour, Fans Cry Foul

Ahmedabad, Dec 13 (mb): It's a jolt that probably matches the severity of the 2001 earthquake. For once, Gujarat forgot the heat and clamour of elections to raise its voice against what it sees as "sheer injustice" to the state — national selectors ignoring Parthiv Patel for the Australia tour despite excellent performance. And, Parthiv fans and commoners alike are crying foul as they see a plot in this to "ensure a berth for Dinesh Karthik".

"Gujarat's cricketers are being treated like untouchables. He is in great form and performing so well in domestic cricket. But, no matter what he does, nationally he's ignored," says a fuming convenor of Parthiv Fan Club, Devang Bhatt.

The anger against selectors is stoked by the fact that Karthik made it to the team despite a poor show in the Bangalore Test where he created the dubious record of conceding the most number of byes by a wicket-keeper. Parthiv's coach till a year back and former national coach Anshuman Gaekwad said: "On current form, Parthiv deserved a spot. Besides, he has done well in Australia in the past."

Former Indian stumper Nayan Mongia expressed sympathy for Parthiv. "It's unfortunate that Parthiv hasn't been selected. Age is on his side. But, I'm sure that he'll bounce back," said Mongia.

"Injustice has been done to Parthiv. It seems that the selectors have forgotten Dinesh Karthik's poor form with the bat and dubious keeping record in the third Test against Pakistan. The selection has been as dubious as Parthiv's form," said Gujarat Cricket Association chief consultant Ashok Patel.

"Selections are a sham. If performance in domestic cricket is a criterion, Virender Sehwag wouldn't have made the mark. He has nothing to show even in Ranji this year. Parthiv, by that standard would have been easily in," says a dejected Vijay Patel, Parthiv's Ranji Trophy coach.

Parthiv, however, was stoic. "I thought I had done enough to be selected. I performed well. The rest is not in my hands. I'll keep on performing and wait for my chance to come," he told TOI. 


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  • Alfred J. Rebello, Kundapur/Dubai

    Wed, Dec 19 2007

    At last I read positive comments or NO negative comments against selecting old guards this time on team selection except a few negative ones here & there. For me, the old guards have made entry in the team purely on merit.

    However, the selected team will be a well balanced one only if they perform well. Otherwise however good team being selected it will come under criticism if not played as per their potential and the public will call later it is a bad selection. SO, now it is left to the team to perform well. Also there could be few players in the team who are perhaps selected by fear because if not selected they might join the ICL, a give & take policy by BCCI thinking they might lose good revenue.

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  • Nelson Lewis, Kingdom of Bahrain

    Sun, Dec 16 2007

    I wonder why Virender Sehwag has been selected. Most opposing teams have realised that Sehwag is vulnerable to the rising deliveries and, therefore, they bowl him lot of short-pitched stuff against which he is totally uncomfortable and gets out while fending them.

    I am totally pessimistic about his success in Australia and I personally feel that the ors have made a wrong move in including him in the squad to tour Australia. Well, let us wait and see what happens!

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  • Nelson Lewis, Kingdom of Bahrain

    Sun, Dec 16 2007

    I am not that concerned about the non-selection of Parthiv Patel. Yes, he is a good batsman but, again, he is not that excellent a wicket-keeper. In fact, much is left to be desired in all the three Indian wicket-keepers, namely Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and Parthiv Patel. None of them are top-of-the-drawer wicket-keepers and far, far below the performances of the cricketers of the yore, namely Farokh Engineer and Syed Kirmani.

    Yes, all three of them are capable of scoring runs, especially Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has the power and confidence in playing any type of bowling. However, much of his batting successes have been in the Indian subcontinent and one wonders how will he perform on the bouncy pitches of Australia, especially the pitch at Perth, which all favour the fast bowlers.

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  • denzil fernandes, dubai

    Fri, Dec 14 2007

    Poor Parthiv misses the plane ! It really takes a lot to put up a brave front when you expect to be ed and then get dumped by the wayside. This is nothing strange as far as cricket ions go and especially in India. However, except for a couple of surprises, the team ed for the Australian tour was more or less on current form.

    While Parthiv was distinctly unlucky, Virender Sehwag must have got in for other reasons than his current cricket form. He has the backing of a powerful Delhi lobby and there was every reason to assume that the 'Nawaab of Najafgarh" would get the ticket as soon as Gambhir failed to deliver and also got injured in between. Same is the case with Rajasthan pace bowler, Pankaj Singh who is an unknown quantity for all purposes.

    Pankaj should thank Munaf Patel who still has to get himself into a proper physical condition before he can be seriously considered as a potential India star. He has himself to blame for getting ped despite the ors giving him numerous chances.

    One should appreciate the efforts put in by Irfan Pathan who picked himself for the tour with a determined display against Pakistan in the third test in Bangalore. Otherwise, the team looks pretty solid with such a lot of experienced cricketers on their last trip to Australia and eager to leave a lasting impression with a good show.

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