Mumbai: Parthiv Patel, bidding to lead Gujarat to their second successive domestic T20 title, has not lost focus on a re-entry into the national team, but without putting pressure on himself. (Parthiv Patel Leads Gujarat to Maiden Vijay Hazare Title)
“I am not someone who puts extra pressure on myself thinking that I have to play for India. Yes, there is dream and there is motivation of playing for India (again), but there’s no point (just) thinking about it,” said the 30-year-old Gujarat captain, ahead of his team’s Super League engagement in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament.
Gujarat are drawn in Group B with Delhi, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. They open their campaign on Friday against Delhi at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s Bandra-Kurla ground.
“I have been the top scorer so far in the tournament. I am feeling good about my game and if I can win this tournament for my state there is nothing like it. But definitely there is a big motivation of playing for India,” added the left-handed batsman, who last played for India in a ODI against Sri Lanka in the tri-series at Brisbane, Australia in 2012.