Kumble explains why Parthiv pipped Pant


India head coach Anil Kumble has cited Parthiv Patel's vast experience and wicketkeeping skills as key factors in his selection ahead of rising star Rishabh Pant for the third Test against England.

Parthiv will make his first Test appearance since August 2008 in Mohali on Saturday, having been called up following an injury to first-choice keeper Wriddhiman Saha.

India could have turned to Pant given the 19-year-old's remarkable form in the Ranji Trophy for Delhi. In six matches, Pant has compiled 874 runs - more than any other player - at an average of 97 and a strike-rate of 114.

However, it is Parthiv - who made his Test debut for India in 2002 at the age of 17 - who has been given the chance to impress in Saha's absence.

"Parthiv has been really consistent, both in his keeping as well as his batting," said Kumble on Thursday. "That's why he was chosen.

"Rishant has certainly shown the exuberance and what a young cricketer can bring, he's shown his batting skills.

"He's obviously got a lot of runs this season on the domestic circuit, but Parthiv was chosen for his keeping skills as well, his keeping and his experience."

Kumble explained that Dinesh Karthik was not in the running for a recall, due to the fact he is playing as a specialist batsman for Tamil Nadu.

A hand injury is reportedly the reason for Karthik not keeping wicket at present.

Reflecting on the thigh problem that resulted in Saha being stood down, Kumble added: "It's unfortunate. He had a strain on the final day of the Test match and he was obviously in the starting line-up for this but the scans yesterday showed that there was a little bit of tendonitis there, so it was better that we gave him a break."