In Vizag, Zaheer Khan gave Patidar his first Test cap.
Against England in the second Test of the five-match series, Rajat Patidar made his Test debut for India. Patidar had to wait for his chance despite doing well in the local circuit since the middle order was filled with players like Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, and Cheteshwar Pujara. As KL Rahul and Virat Kohli are presently unavailable for selection, Patidar received his first cap from veteran cricketer Zaheer Khan upon being called up.
He formed an important partnership with Yashasvi Jaiswal when batting at number five, however he was out for 32 runs. Speaking about his delayed national team debut, Patidar said that there are many players in competition for spots in Indian cricket, which means there is a long waiting list. After the debut, he said he felt okay and that he didn’t feel under pressure because the night before his big day, he slept well.
Waiting a long time is a typical practice in Indian cricket. There are numerous participants. All I was thinking about was what I could control. Thus, I arrived here at the age of 30, feeling very good,” India Today cited Patidar as saying.
There was no pressure going into the middle because I had participated in a number of domestic cricket matches. I had a good night’s slumber. For me, that was typical,” he continued.
Yashasvi possesses a unique ability: Against England, Patidar Youngster Jaiswal stole the show on the first day of the second Test. On the first day of play, India amassed 336-6 thanks to the opener’s 179* runs. Regarding his 70-run middle-order partnership with Jaiswal, Patidar stated that the intention was to go as deep into the game as possible and that Jaiswal possesses a unique skill.
We discussed playing the game for as long as we could. My inning was decent, but I need to do better. When it comes to Yashavi, he is an excellent player. Patidar remarked, “He has a special ability in him, the way he takes on the bowlers.”