Despite Parthiv Patel scoring a brilliant 95 against England in t he first ODI of the five-match series, his family was hurt by former England captain Nasser Hussain's derogatory remark which compared Indian fielders to donkeys.
"We are hurt with the term used by him. Though he did not directly say Parthiv is a donkey, he said so when my son dropped a catch," said Parthiv's father Ajay Patel from Ahmedabad. "I have not lodged a complaint to the Indian cricket board, but I am sure Hussain will be forced (by the BCCI) to apologise," Patel Sr said. Hussain made the comment when Parthiv misjudged a Kevin Pietersen skier during a Munaf Patel over during Wednesday's T20 international. "Even when he is not keeping wicket, Parthiv's fielding is good. He is not as slow as a donkey," Patel added.
The term "donkey" is used in horse racing referring to unsuccessful horses in Britain. It may be recalled that Harbhajan Singh had reportedly called Andrew Symonds a monkey during an on-field spat at the SCG and was considered as a racist remark by match referee Mike Procter.