Wriddhiman Saha is injured. India’s selectors said it was too early to hand a debut to Rishabh Pant who is still only 19 years old. They instead picked Parthiv Patel, a 31-year-old who made his Test debut against England in 2002.
In seven innings this season, Pant has made four hundreds. One was a triple, two were made in one match and he has generally scored at around a run a ball. For the second of those twin hundreds, against Jharkand, he upped his pace to two runs a ball.
He is also called Pant. He should be selected if only to see whether he shouts “Pant’s!” should an England batsman accidentally sky one.
Such an exclamation would serve as both a means of claiming the catch and also as a blunt appraisal of the batsman’s performance.