New Delhi - India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was Wednesday
ruled out of the third Test against England, prompting the selectors to recall
Parthiv Patel after eight years in the wilderness.
Saha sustained the left thigh strain during India's 246-run
win in the second Test at Visakhapatnam.
"As a precautionary measure, Saha has been advised to
rest and will not play in the next Test match," a statement from the
Indian cricket board said.
Patel, 31, last played a Test in 2008 after making his debut
against England in 2002 at Nottingham. The left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman,
averages 29.69 from 20 Test matches.
India's selectors have dropped veteran opener Gautam Gambhir
for the final three Tests, after he was replaced by the returning Lokesh Rahul
Medium-pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been called into
the 16-man squad.
The third Test starts in Mohali in the northern state of
Punjab on Saturday. India hold a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.