Wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel, who replaced injured Wriddhiman Saha in playing eleven for the second Test, received much flak from the fans and critics after he dropped dangerous South Africa opening batsman Dean Elgar on 33 runs in the 25th over of the hosts’ second innings.
Elgar surpassed his highest score of the ongoing series as he stood tall at 36 when the bad light stopped play at Centurion. South Africa, who are already ahead in the three-match Test series by 1-0, were at 90/2, leading India by 118 runs.
It was the third ball of the 25th over by Jasprit Bumrah when Parthiv missed out on a catch to dismiss Elgar. Bumrah’s delivery came seaming in sharply towards the Elgar’s face and took a top-edge of the left-hander’s willow. However, the ball went through for a boundary between Patel and Cheteshwar Pujara who was standing at first slip. Neither, the wicketkeeper nor first slip went for the catch, and the TV replays showed that it was indeed Parthiv’s catch.
Twitterati however, also realized that Parthiv had made a mistake and trolled him hilariously.
This is how Twitterati reacted:
We all had that 1 friend like Parthiv Patel in a group assignment who fail to do their job and then blame someone else.#SAvIND
— Sakun Sankalana (@Sakun_SD) January 15, 2018
An injured Saha or a retired Dhoni can do better than a fit & fine Parthiv Patel. #SAvInd
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) January 15, 2018
So that's the first catch missed by Parthiv Patel. Hope he doesn't go beyond his quota now #IndvsSA
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) January 13, 2018
Q. What's common between Vodafone and Parthiv Patel?
A. Both of them have limited reach#SAvInd
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) January 15, 2018
Parthiv Patel has left the ball better than any other Indian player on this tour. #SAvInd
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) January 15, 2018
Parthiv Patel is like that guy from school who used to fart in the class but always put blame on other innocent guys.
— Sunil – the cricketer (@1sInto2s) January 15, 2018
Parthiv patel is like Indian Govt who blames Intl Market when there is increase in price of petrol but takes credit when price decreases #SAvInd
— Be Yusuf (@barmare_yusuf) January 15, 2018
Parthiv Patel's keeping gloves are like Polo mint.
— Kuptaan 🇮🇳 (@Kuptaan) January 15, 2018
— Nishant Gupta (@nishantgupta870) January 15, 2018