Trying To Take MS Dhoni’s Place Is Always Difficult – Parthiv Patel
It is a hard job to fill in the big shoes of former Indian skipper MS Dhoni. The talismanic wicket-keeper batsman is in the fag end of his career and it is difficult to replace him. India’s wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel stated it is always difficult to take MS Dhoni’s place.
Dhoni has always been a player who has been irreplaceable and nobody knows it better than Parthiv Patel. Patel had to fight for his position in the Indian team with Dhoni and he didn’t get many opportunities once the latter announced himself at the big stage.
Dhoni has been irreplaceable.
Parthiv Patel had made his International debut in 2002 and had got his opportunity before Dhoni came to the scene. However, once Dhoni was able to grab his opportunities, there was no one replacing him in the national side. In fact, Parthiv Patel had himself claimed that Dhoni was able to outperform him and .
“That’s how it is. When you are trying to represent India, you are fighting with 27 keepers and it is never easy. Obviously what MS has done for India is phenomenal and his achievements are there for everyone to see. As someone who is trying to take the place of the captain, it is always difficult. So you just don’t worry about these things.”
“You just have to go hit those runs and take the catches and I stayed positive during those times and that’s why I was able to make a comeback,” Parthiv Patel told Sportstar.
On the other hand, Parthiv Patel is now 34 years old. However, the Gujarat skipper has not lost hope of making it back to the national side. But Patel said that he doesn’t want to take any pressure and just wants to enjoy his game.
“There is no reason not to believe I am not in the scheme of things. I am just 34,” Parthiv said.
“But these are external pressures I don’t want to take. I just want to go out and enjoy my game. If I keep scoring runs and the selectors and team management believe I can make a comeback, I know I am fit enough to be there.”
Parthiv Patel added he wants to have fun and help the young players in their respective game. The Gujarat captain has all the experience under his belt and he wants to let his performance do the talking.
“I am at the stage of my career where I have played for 18-19 years so I am just going to go out and have fun. I also want to help youngsters as much as I can do and try to put in a big performance every time I go out.”
Gujarat have had a good start to ongoing Vijay Hazare trophy as they have won both their opening matches. Parthiv Patel is in good form as he had scored 90 runs from 96 balls while playing against Madhya Pradesh.