Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket. In a social media post on ...
Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket.
In a social media post on Wednesday, the Royal Challengers Bangalore star said he is "bringing the curtains down on an 18-year-long cricketing journey".
Parthiv Patel, 35, made his India debut even before featuring in a Ranji Trophy game. He played his first Test as a 17-year-old against England in Nottingham in 2002 under Sourav Ganguly's captaincy. thereby becoming the youngest Test wicketkeeper. The baby-faced Gujarat stumper played 25 Test, 38 ODIs and 2 T20Is for India in an 18-year-long career.
Parthiv Patel last played for India during their tour of South Africa in 2018 which was the latest of his many comebacks to the senior national team.
"Today I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket, and as I bring down the curtains on this 18-year-old cricketing journey, I feel heavier with gratitude towards many. The BCCI showed a generous amount of confidence and faith in a 17-year-old boy to play for India. I have enormous gratitude towards them for being a guiding force and hand holding me, in the formative years of my young career," Patel wrote in a social media post.
"I am thankful to al the captains I have played under. I am especially indebted to Dada, my first captain, who showed immense faith in me. I feel privileged to have been in the company of and learnt from some stellar teammates, a lot whom I can call friends today. In the same breadth, I must admit players on the opposing team have been as inspiring and taught me well."
Parthiv Patel, who led Gujarat to their maiden Ranji Trophy title in 2016-17, scored heavily in the domestic circuit, amassing 11,240 runs in 194 first-class matches, 5172 runs in 193 List A matches.
Between 2002 and 2004, Parthiv Patel featured in 19 matches but the wicketkeeper-batsman lost his spot in the side after the emergence of Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni. Patel made a comeback in 2008 but it was short-lived as he had to wait for 6 more years to make another appearance. he featured in 3 Tests against England at home before he made his final comeback in 2018 under Virat Kohli's captaincy.
Parthiv Patel was a successful campaigner in the Indian Premier League. He last represented Royal Challengers Bangalore. Despite not getting a game in IPL 2020, Parthiv was an integral member of the Virat Kohli-led side that made it to the play-offs in the UAE last month.
Parthiv Patel, who has 2848 runs in 139 IPL matches, began his career with Chennai Super Kings. He was part of the title-winning side in 2010 before he made his move to Kochi Tuskers. Parthiv has been part of the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad before he was bought in the IPL 2018 auction by Royal Challengers Bangalore.