MUMBAI: MS Dhoni has now retired from international cricket. But during his international career, he was accused of ending the careers of many cricketers. Especially those cricketers who were wicket-keeper batsmen. Actually, Dhoni also entered Team India as a wicketkeeper-batsman, and due to his setting foot on this position, many cricket pundits believed that due to his arrival, the career of wicketkeepers like Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Karthik did not prosper.
Could climb Dhoni’s arrival in international cricket was called unlucky for these players. However, Parthiv Patel, one of the team of wicket-keeper batsmen of the same era, has now given a big statement in this matter. He said that he does not consider himself unlucky because of Dhoni. He started playing for India before MS Dhoni.
Patel made his Test debut on the 2002 tour of England itself. He was also a part of Team India in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, but could not play a single match. Patel was the Test wicket-keeper of Team India till 2004. After this Dinesh Karthik got a chance in the team.
Was out because of performance, not because of Dhoni: Patel Parthiv Patel said in a show, “To be honest, I would not call myself unlucky. I got a chance in the Indian team before Dhoni. I was dropped from the team because of my performance. I have failed to make a mark in international cricket.” Patel played 19 Tests for Team India. During this, questions arose regarding both his keeping and batting. Patel said that he got many opportunities to prove himself but he failed.
19 tests are enough to prove yourself – Patel
Dhoni made his debut for India in the year 2005. Patel said, “MS Dhoni’s entry in Team India happened in 2005. I can’t say if I have been unlucky or I didn’t get many chances. I dropped after playing 19 Tests, which is enough to prove myself. Patel, however, returned to the ODI team in 2010.
In 2016, he was also the backup wicketkeeper of Team India. He was also a part of Team India that won the Border Gavaskar Trophy in 2018-19, but in this series, Rishabh Pant was given priority over him. Parthiv played 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and 2 T20Is in his career.