Wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel revealed that he used the identical traces that Steve Waugh informed him whereas bumping into his son, Austin, on the Sydney Test of 2019, in a hilarious reversal of roles.
Patel, 35, was a part of India’s Test squad throughout their historic collection win in Australia in 2018-19. While Patel didn’t play a single Test, he noticed Austin Waugh, one of many 4 substitute fielders for Australia through the match.
Back in 2003-04, whereas senior Waugh was taking part in his last Test at his beloved residence city, Sydney, Patel tried to sledge him. Waugh famously mentioned to Patel: “Show a bit of respect, you were in nappies when I played my first Test match”.
Around 15 years later, Patel noticed a chance and walked upto Austin Waugh to provide it again in the identical coin. “I didn’t bump into Steve Waugh, but I did bump into his son, during the Test match in Sydney in 2018-19. He was one of the substitute fielders for Australia. I went upto him and said: “You were in your nappies, when I made my Test debut” (laughs),” recalled Patel on the YouTube present known as Cow Corner Chronicles.
“I told him to pass my regards to his dad (Steve Waugh) and just say those words back to him,” added Patel.
That journey to Australia was historic for India’s first-ever Test collection win Down Under. For Patel it was a method of lastly breaching the fortress having come shut as first-alternative ‘keeper on the 2003-04 tour.
“We missed out narrowly in 2003-04 in Australia. To be there again, as part of history was brilliant. To win a Test series in Australia is huge. To be able to do it for the first time, even though I didn’t play a single Test. To be around the team and be part of the moment, makes me proud,” mentioned a beaming Patel.
Patel was additionally a part of India’s taking part in XI in Johannesburg Test win on the 2017-18 tour to South Africa in his final worldwide look.
“Johannesburg Test was a very difficult wicket, to play. Then to show the kind of character which Indian team showed there and to be part of that Test match also, feels great. Having been part of history making Test matches like Headingley (2002), or Adelaide (2003-04) or Johannesburg (2017-18) or Australia (2018-19). Looking back at my career I feel proud that I was part of all these big moments of Indian cricket,” added Patel.
Memories of those historic Test wins and an recommendation from present BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, additionally his first captain, a number of years in the past remains to be driving Patel, additionally the Gujarat Ranji captain.
“I was scoring lots of runs in domestic cricket. I bumped into Sourav Ganguly at an airport once the season finished. He asked me: “how was your season”. I mentioned I’ve obtained 700 runs within the season. He was like: ‘yeh toh tu har saal karta hai, kuch aisa kar ki aur zyaada discover ho. Either rating 1000 runs or get the workforce to win trophies. So that everybody would begin noticing you,” revealed Patel who has performed 25 Tests and 38 ODIs since his worldwide debut in 2002.
That is the explanation why Patel has nonetheless not given up hopes of creating an India comeback. “It is just the passion of being on the field, just being around this whole atmosphere. That itself is a big motivation. I don’t believe in…whether I am playing IPL or playing Test cricket, Ranji Trophy or a club game, I like to be on the field. That burning desire is still there.”