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Updated December 27th, 2023 at 16:27 IST

'You devalue the skill': Parthiv Patel responds to outburst after KL Rahul makes him eat his words

Former India keeper-batter Parthiv Patel has come up with a retort after his indirect jab over KL Rahul's credibility as he scores a historic ton.

Pavitra Shome
KL Rahul, Parthiv Patel
KL Rahul, Parthiv Patel | Image: AP/PTI
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Former Team India wicketkeeper-batter Parthiv Patel recently landed on thin ice as his recent critique of KL Rahul did not settle well among the fans. Rahul, who was in the playing squad in the first Test match against South Africa, showed up and made a contribution when the Indian Cricket Team needed the most. Patel has now come up with an explanation for his recent comments  

3 things you need to know 

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  • KL Rahul led Team India to an ODI series win over SA with a 2-1 lead
  • Rahul is now in the Test team for the Indian Cricket Team
  • Parthiv Patel explains what looked like an indirect jibe towards KL Rahul  

Also Read: 'Crisis man of India': KL Rahul shuts down criticis with fighting century, gets universal praise

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Parthiv Patel clears the air on 'Test Match Wicketkeeper' remark

After Parthiv Patel's tweet on Test wicketkeeper stirred the pot, the former keeper-batter for Team India came up with an explanation for the same. Taking to X (Formerly Twitter), Patel said that his tweet on wicketkeepers was not aimed towards KL Rahul.

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“My point wasn’t about KL Rahul. He could well be an option to make it in the line up as a batter. There was never a doubt about his batting ability. 

But what message does this send to the keepers plying their trade in the FC circuit, when you devalue the skill to fit in an extra batter? Our Ranji keepers have more incentive to improve their batting than their keeping, if they follow the trend that leads you to the national side,” Parthiv Patel said.

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KL Rahul gave a perfect response to Parthiv Patel's criticism

KL Rahul showed up as the saviour when Team India needed the most. After Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli's dismissal, KL was the one to show up and stand out against the mighty South African bowling line-up.

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Rahul scored a century after hitting a six off Gerard Coetzee's ball and made history at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, South Africa. It was a perfect retort to Patel's criticism.

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Published December 27th, 2023 at 15:44 IST

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