If there was a shot in the Mohali Test that said “you may as well shake hands now” it was Parthiv Patel‘s upper cut off Ben Stokes for four with India needing 48 runs to win. Parthiv was playing for India for the first time in eight years and he gave a fine account of himself, cracking 67 off 54 balls, including a lofted cover drive for four which became the winning runs
Parthiv had also made 42 in the first innings. Parthiv was picked for this match after Wriddhiman Saha got injured and he paid back the selector’s faith in some manner. Watching Parthiv’s comeback has motivated yesteryear keeper Nayan Mongia start practicing again so that even he can come back soon.
Nayan retired 14 years back from cricket but has vowed to make a strong comeback as a wicket keeper batsman for India. He has targeted the on going Ranji games as a last chance to be in reckoning for a India cap.