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Last Updated: Sunday, 23 November, 2003, 15:19 GMT
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PARTHIV PATEL
Wicket-keeper; left-hand batsman

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Parthiv Patel
Born: 9.3.1985
Team: Gujarat
Test debut: v England, Trent Bridge, 2002
ODI debut: v New Zealand, Queenstown, 2003

After a schizophrenic period in which a succession of wicket-keepers were tried at different positions in the batting order, selectors finally plumped for a raw teenager.

Patel was only 17 when donning the gloves at Trent Bridge in 2002 in the series India drew 1-1.

He has been a Test regular since then but at some point he will have to stop making the regular errors that have dogged a number of his performances.

His batting is decent enough for a number seven or eight, but at the moment Rahul Dravid is usually preferred as keeper in one-day internationals.

Deep Dasgupta is waiting readily in the wings should Patel fail to repay the faith selectors have shown in him.



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