BABY-faced Parthiv Patel on his third overseas international tour, didn’t shy away from sledging Steve Waugh during the Australian icon’s last Test innings —at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2004.
Wrote Waugh in his autobiography Out of My Comfort Zone: “Parthiv Patel chirped at me with a sly, ‘Let’s finish it off with a slog sweep.’
The quip was music to my ears. Firstly, it engaged me into a chat, which I never minded, and secondly, it had come from a young pup. The art of good banter is to come back quickly and with something that hits the mark. Quite calmly I swung around and said to his face, ‘Listen, mate, how about showing a bit of respect? When I played my first Test, you were still running around in nappies.’”