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India vs England: Parthiv Patel retained for Mumbai Test; Ishant Sharma released

Parthiv Patel will stay with the squad for the fourth Test between India vs England in Mumbai because Wriddhiman Saha is still nursing an injury. Ishant Sharma has been released for his wedding

cricket Updated: Dec 06, 2016 18:41 IST
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Parthiv Patel in action on day 1 of the third test match between India and England in Mohali on November 26, 2016. (BCCI)

Parthiv Patel, who made a return to the Test team after eight years in the third Test at Mohali, will continue to be with the Indian team for the fourth Test in Mumbai starting on Thursday. Ishant Sharma has been released for his wedding on December 9.

Parthiv Patel kept wickets and opened the batting in Mohali after first-choice keeper Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out due to injury.

Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel warm up for the third India vs England Test in Mohali . (BCCI )

Saha is still recovering from a strain in the left thigh sustained during the second Test in Visakhapatnam, according to a statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday.

Parthiv Patel opened the innings for India in the third Test versus England in Mohali. (BCCI)

Patel made an impressive return in the Indian Test team. The 31-year-old Gujarat player scored 42 and 57 not out as India cruised to an emphatic win in the Mohali Test to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Patel also took four catches and effected one stumping helping India win by eight wickets with a day to spare.

Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma has been released from the Indian squad.

The Delhi pacer did not find a place in the playing XI in the India versus England series so far as the pace attack has been handled well by Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami.

It is unlikely the team management will make changes to the spin-heavy bowling combination in Mumbai.

The 28-year-old Ishant Sharma last played a Test match at Port-of-Spain in August this year. Almost the entire match was lost to the elements.

First Published: Dec 06, 2016 10:40 IST