Parthiv Patel does not seem to be amused with it as he says he does not play cricket to get selected in the national side © BCCI
Parthiv Patel does not seem to be amused with it as he says he does not play cricket to get selected in the national side © BCCI

Despite having put up a decent performance in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 for champions Mumbai Indians (MI), Parthiv Patel was not considered for selection for the Indian side in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy. However, Parthiv does not seem surprised with the selection: he said he does not play cricket to get selected in the national side. He also added that he is barely concerned regarding his selection for the national side. However, he expressed his happiness for being a regular member in the playing XI for MI, while adding that he enjoys performing for the side each season. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 2017 Final at Hyderabad

“Honestly, I don’t worry about selection anymore. I have been old enough and been around for years. I don’t play cricket to get selected. I am enjoying and have been at the peak of my game, had a great year, winning Ranji Trophy [for Gujarat], making a Test comeback [for India] and winning IPL and playing well in IPL. If I keep doing it, rest of the things will follow. I don’t worry about who has been picked [or not], that is not part of my job. If I keep,” said Parthiv, as reported by PTI. “Individual brilliance wins you matches, teamwork wins you championships,” says Rohit Sharma

Meanwhile, speaking on the performance by Jasprit Bumrah, MI bowling coach Shane Bond said, “He has got a skill set which is going to make him a successful bowler. It is his first 50 over (ICC) tournament, so it will be little difficult. The way he has been bowling in this tournament (IPL), if he carries that form to the Champions Trophy, then he is going to play a big role in success for India. I think he will be a world class bowler across all formats.” Tendulkar heaps praise on Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga after clinching 3rd IPL title

Even MI skipper Rohit Sharma had some words of praise for Bumrah: “I don’t want to say he is the No. 1 T20 bowler in the world and put him under pressure. He showed in that Super Over defending what, 11 runs? [But] Bumrah has got all abilities to be the No. 1 bowler,” said Rohit. He also defended the decision to drop Harbhajan Singh in the final four games. “It was a tactical change. Nothing related to performance and [I] have mentioned it before,” he concluded.