Just this morning, BCCI announced two changes in the team for the third test of the ongoing series against England. Wriddhiman Saha, the team's wicketkeeper strained his thigh and Parthiv Patel was announced as his replacement.
Yes, this boy-faced cricketer who became the youngest test wicketkeeper back in 2002. He last played a test match eight years ago and was almost forgotten as an international cricketer. And even though he's been given a chance now, given Saha's form with the bat, it's unlikely this will be a long stint for Parthiv. But he's back for now, and the news took people on the internet by surprise, and Twitter was full of some brilliant reactions.
"Parthiv Patel? Who Parthiv Patel?Oh! That wicket-keeper.Now I recall him."Parthiv Patel recalled.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) November 23, 2016
People were talking about how long his career has been,
Parthiv Patel makes a comeback. Apparently, he now has a test career spanning over 14 years, longer than that of Sourav Ganguly #IndvEng— Shubh Aggar'Wall' (@shubh_chintak) November 23, 2016
Anil Kumble running the team. Parthiv Patel keeping wickets. We are back in 2008. Can we get Sachin Tendulkar to bat at no.4 too?!— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) November 23, 2016
Started schooling in 2002 when Parthiv Patel made his debut. 2016, habe started college and he's back. What a coincidence— Abhinav (@abhibolega) November 23, 2016
Parthiv Patel made his Debut 3 years before Dhoni. Watched his whole career unfold. And is around to step in for his replacement. He's 31— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) November 23, 2016
When @parthiv9 made his Test Debut, Kohli was playing Under-14. MSD made his debut after 3 years.He's back, MSD retired & Kohli is captain— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) November 23, 2016
Although long, his career has been spread sporadically over the years.
Parthiv Patel 20 Tests7 in 20025 in 20037 in 20041 in 2008#IndvEng— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 23, 2016
Then there were the obvious jokes about his height.
Seems Kohli has downloaded the new app "BookYourChotu" :- @parthiv9 parthiv patel playing the 3rd test match— Ghan_Pa(ghan*a) (@GhanenderPahuja) November 23, 2016
Parthiv Patel is such a great person that he never looks down on peoplebecause of his height .— Lame af Monk (@oldschoolmonk) November 23, 2016
BCCI got Parthiv Patel back in the squad. But tell me one thing, how can a team play with 10.5 men?— nikhil jain (@niquotein) November 23, 2016
Parthiv Patel wasn't considered for the first two tests because he was having exams in school. #INDvENG— Hitman Cricket (@HitmanCricket) November 23, 2016
"Type your Password""Parthiv Patel""Password is too short!"— Nerd Stark (@itsaashuu) November 23, 2016
Then there were intelligent people who could connect Parthiv Patel's comeback to the demonetisation of currency notes.
Parthiv Patel recalled in Indian team because small notes are in trend.— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) November 23, 2016
Angry guy: THIS SUCKS! We're going backwards!Liberal: Demonetisation sucks na? Tell more! Guy: Huh? I'm talking about taking Parthiv Patel— The UnReal Times (@TheUnRealTimes) November 23, 2016
ATM is out of service.Don't worry, we have Micro ATM.Saha is out of service.Don't worry, we have Parthiv Patel.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) November 23, 2016
And of course, because he's a Patel, we all know who to blame.
Firstly Urjit PATEL as a governor and now Parthiv PATEL in test SquadModiji must answer— Sabyasachi Banerjee (@MrAmbiDexter) November 23, 2016
Parthiv Patel back in the Test squad after 8 years. Why was Rishabh Pant not given a chance? Modiji must answer.— Arvind Kejriwal (@TroluKejri) November 23, 2016
Parthiv patel is in team India just few months before Gujrat Elections. #WhatsTheDealModiJi— V.I.P (@NagpureVipul) November 23, 2016
Parthiv Patel has been recalled. This year surely belongs to Gujratis. #IndvsEng— RoBust (@SiDiscovery) November 23, 2016
And Virat will become Parthiv's third captain to have debuted after Parthiv.
This one is just fed up with the year.
Wow, 2016 logic strikes again!Parthiv Patel back in India's Test Team for injured Saha. (Sorry, Naman Ojha...)#IndvsEng— ZENIA D'CUNHA (@ZENIADCUNHA) November 23, 2016
While some are just looking for motivation.
Parthiv Patel back in the Test squad after 8 years!!That is enough motivation for you to start your day. Nothing is impossible.— Rashi Kakkar (@rashi_kakkar) November 23, 2016
All jokes aside, let's hope Parthiv does come good this time.