India in Pakistan, 2005-06 January 4, 2006

Opening the batting gives me confidence: Parthiv


Parthiv Patel is 'ready to grab any opportunity' during the Pakistan series © Getty Images
Parthiv Patel, the wicketkeeper-batsman, who has opened for India several times including the Rawalpindi Test last year in which he made 65, said he preferred the opening position. "Opening gives me confidence," said the diminutive player who made 47 as an opener for Gujarat in their Elite Division Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai at Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

"I was batting confidently. I am a bit disappointed about the manner in which I got out," Parthiv said, adding that he was able to successfully negotiate the seaming ball on a green track.

"The ball was seaming in the morning and I had planned to get a big score under my belt which would have given me added confidence before the tour of Pakistan," Parthiv told mediapersons. He said he was under no pressure when he was about to reach his 50. Parthiv fell at 47 off Ramesh Powar.

He said he was well aware that he was touring Pakistan as a second wicketkeeper but was "ready to grab any opportunity" during the Test series and make the most of it.