first_imgParthiv Patel was making a Test comeback after eight years. On the eve of the crucial third match against England in Mohali, he got to know that Lokesh Rahul was injured and he’d be required to open and keep wickets. That is never an easy proposition. (Parthiv’s performance will put Saha under pressure: Ganguly to India Today)But Parthiv is made of sterner stuff. He knew it could be his only opportunity with regular wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha due to recover and return in time for the Mumbai Test. (England fans bowled over by Kohli)But the diminutive Gujarat stumper grabbed his only opportunity with both hands, effected five dismissals and scored 42 during a testing spell from the English bowlers in the first innings and slammed a quickfire half-century in the second as India romped home to an eight-wicket victory without much fuss. (Mohali Test: Parthiv’s frenetic fifty delivers huge win for India)On Sunday, it almost felt like the Indian fans wanted Parthiv to get out so Virat Kohli could come out and entertain them. Once he departed, there was even a loud cheer as Kohli strutted out to the middle. But not on Tuesday. (Did demonetisation affect fans in Mohali Test?)With India needing a mere 103 to win, Parthiv started with a blazing boundary off James Anderson and didn’t stop even after Murali Vijay fell to a Chris Woakes snorter. A sturdy partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara followed a brief liaison with Kohli. (Virat Kohli lauds lower order contributions after Mohali win)advertisementIt was still Parthiv who dominated and it was his runs that the crowd cheered. Albeit for a little while, Kohli was reduced to a sideshow as Parthiv soaked in the adulation of the Indian fans.MOHAMMED SHAMI A TOTAL HIT IN MOHALINot since Zaheer Khan has any Indian pacer enjoyed such fanfare. But Shami, who did not play for a year after the 2015 World Cup, has been oustanding since his return from a surgery. He inflicted some crucial blows on the English in the first innings and just when they were beginning to keep India at bay, Shami came into the attack and first rattled Woakes with a bouncer before removing him and Adil Rashid in the same over.Chants of ‘Shami, Shami’ reverberated around the ground and once he came on to bowl, the chanting reached a feverish pitch. Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin could be the stars in this team but Shami and great comeback stories like Parthiv are instant hits with a public that is still coming to terms with the exodus of the Fab Five.last_img read more