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Parthiv Patel Self-Trolls; Netizens Get Behind Him For Comments On KL Rahul's Keeping

image-lqm7ml5bKL Rahul will keep the stumps in SA vs IND Tests (x.com)

Amidst the build-up to the first Test match between India and South Africa at Centurion on December 26, former Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel questioned KL Rahul’s decision to keep wickets. 

Known for his out-of-the-box views, Patel strongly recommends that Team India requires a specialist Test wicketkeeper who can fare well in challenging South African conditions.

He took to his X account (Formerly known as Twitter) to convey his views on the selection of KL Rahul as a frontline keeper in the forthcoming Test series. Patel opines that in the Test format, India should have gone with a keeper with a proven track record in Ranji Trophy or first-class cricket.

However, his post was soon met with criticism from various users who were quick to point out Patel’s woes during the 2018 Test series where he let go of a simple catch dismissal of Dean Elgar.

While acknowledging Patel’s poor wicketkeeping record, one user hilariously asked what would be the case had the regular keeper been like him. Responding to the criticism, Patel, took a light-hearted approach and responded by saying that in that case, the concerned player gets dropped. In a matter of few moments, his response went viral leaving everyone in splits.

It is important to remember that Parthiv Patel replaced the injured Wriddhiman Saha in the second Test of India's tour of South Africa in 2018. He faced severe backlash for his failure to effect a caught-behind dismissal of Dean Elgar in the second innings.

The ongoing discussions regarding specialist wicketkeepers in Test cricket have been further fueled by Patel's remarks. As we contemplate the intricacies of the game, the significance of a wicketkeeper's role becomes paramount, not only in terms of taking catches but also in contributing to the team's tactical edge.