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by Manuj Sharma Wednesday 23 November 2016
India have recalled Gujarat wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel for the third Test against England in Mohali.
The decision comes after front-line wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha has been ruled out of the game after suffering a thigh strain in the second Test in Visakhapatnam.
A statement released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed that Saha has been rested as a precautionary measure.
"As a precautionary measure, Saha has been advised rest and will not play in the next Test match of the series. Parthiv Patel will replace Saha in the Indian team for the third Test," read the statement.
Patel, 31, last played for India in the longer format in August 2008 and has played 20 games till now scoring 683 runs which includes four half-centuries.
He has been included in the squad after impressive performances for Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy where he scored three half-centuries and an unbeaten 139 in the last three matches.
Earlier, the selectors had also included fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the squad replacing Gautam Gambhir for the final three Tests.
India squad for third Test:
Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Parthiv Patel (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya
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