Port of Spain: Parthiv Patel is resigned to the fact that he would only be India`s second best wicketkeeper as long as Mahendra Singh Dhoni is around but far from being frustrated, he considers it as a motivation to continue.
"You play the game because you want to turn out in India`s colours. That has always been a huge motivation," Parthiv said on the eve of India`s first ODI against the West Indies at the Queen`s Park Oval.
After an impressive start to his international career in 2002, things suddenly went wrong for the cherubic 26-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman.
But years of toil in the domestic circuit and advices from seniors and friends helped Parthiv find his bearings.
"I received great help from (Kiran) More sir, Anshuman Gaekwad and of course Dhoni.”
"It`s been beneficial to see how Dhoni goes about his work. The best lesson watching him is to notice how relaxed he is," Parthiv said of India`s regular skipper.
Looking back at his career, Patel felt it was lapse of concentration than anything else that cost him his career.
"Some said I wasn`t receiving the ball well. Others pointed out that I was getting up too soon (while receiving the ball). But I think it was just a lapse of concentration," he said.