He wants to constantly score to remain part of the discussion in India: Priyank Panchal

KOLKATA: India 'A' and Gujarat opener Priyank Panchal on Wednesday he said he wants to keep scoring runs consistently, as that will help him stay in the discussion for a place in the test team in India.

Panchal, 29, has been part of the conversation for some time now as options for opening the India Test along with the Bengal captain, Abhimanyu Easwaran, whom Gujarat will play in a Ranji Trophy Friday game at Eden Gardens here.

Since the rise of Rohit Sharma as a starter with Mayank Agarwal with Shubman Gill as a reserve option and Prithvi Shaw returning, things are even more difficult for Panchal and Easwaran. But that is not a concern for the law.

I am happy to be part of that discussion. For me, dialing consistently is more important. I'm focusing only on that, Panchal told reporters.

Panchal is part of the India 'A' team for the first four-day game in New Zealand.

There will be two four-day games from January 30 to February 2 and from February 7 to February 10 in New Zealand before the tour of India.

We (Easwaran and I) have reached this stage due to performance. For me, performance is the most important thing and winning for the team is also important, said Panchal, who scored 90 in Gujarat's first game against Hyderabad to lead the team to an eight-win victory in the absence of regular pattern Parthiv Patel.

We (Easwaran and I) respect each other and have played together for a long time, said Panchal, who admires Rahul Dravid.

Gujarat has won his two games by reaching this, while Bengal won his first draw and accumulated three points from the second, since they had an advantage in the first innings against Andhra.

We as a team play cricket much better and it went well, he said.