Saha injury hands Parthiv a chance


Wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel has earned a long-awaited recall to the India team for the third Test against England due to a thigh strain suffered by Wriddhiman Saha.

Saha picked up the injury during the hosts' 246-run victory in the second Test in Visakhapatnam and will sit out at least the next match, which starts in Mohali on Saturday.

He had earlier been named among the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)'s 16-man squad for the contest at Mohali Stadium, a group which featured a recall for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and saw Gautam Gambhir dropped.

The BCCI later announced Saha had been omitted, leaving Parthiv in contention to play Test cricket for the first time since 2008.

"As a precautionary measure, Saha has been advised to rest and will not play in the next Test match of the series," the BCCI said in a statement.

According to ESPNcricinfo, Parthiv was India's youngest wicketkeeper when he made his Test debut at the age of 17 years and 153 days in 2002 but now, at 31 years and 259 days, would be the second oldest member of the team should he take on the tourists this weekend, and if no other changes are made.

India lead the five-Test series 1-0 with three matches to come.