Parthiv Patel said goodbye to cricket, played last Test in 2018

Parthiv Patel has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. The 35-year-old wicketkeeper batsman gave this information by tweeting on Wednesday.

Updated 09 December 2020, 1:05 PM IST

Parthiv Patel has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. The 35-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman gave this information by tweeting on Wednesday. His cricket career was 18 years old. Parthiv Petal represented Team India in 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and 2 T20 Internationals. He played his last Test against South Africa in Johannesburg in January 2018.

Parthiv, who is going to celebrate his 36th birthday after 3 months, wrote on Twitter and Instagram, ‘Today I am taking off from all formats of cricket. Ending my 18-year cricket journey with a heavy heart. ‘ 

Parthiv Patel, who made his debut in Test cricket at the age of 17 years 152 days under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly, scored 934 runs at an average of 31.13 in his career, including 6 fifties. He also took 62 catches and made 10 stumps.

He was sent on a tour of England in 2002 when he did not even debut in Ranji Trophy cricket. Parthiv said, ‘The BCCI expressed great confidence that a 17-year-old boy can play for India. In the early years of my career, I am thankful to the Board for encouraging me in this way. 

Parthiv scored 736 runs in his ODI career with an average of 23.74 with 4 half-centuries. He also caught 30 catches and made 9 stumps. In IPL-2020, he did not get a chance to play a single match of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

In 139 IPL matches, he scored 2848 runs at an average of 22.60. He hit 13 half-centuries, hunting 85 (69 + 16) behind the wicket. Parthiv Patel was the youngest wicket-keeper to make a Test debut at the age of 17 years and 152 days. But after the arrival of Dinesh Karthik and then Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he could not remain a regular member of Team India.

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Sourav Ganguly and Parthiv Patel (Twitter)

He played the first Ranji match after being dropped from the Indian team in 2004. Parthiv thanked all the captains including ‘Dada’ i.e. BCCI President Ganguly. After the arrival of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Parthiv became the second choice as a wicketkeeper and rarely played as a batsman.

Later played a few matches as an opener in limited-overs. Parthiv, however, always admitted that he could not blame Dhoni as he and Dinesh Karthik had opportunities to confirm their place in the team before Dhoni.

He was very successful in domestic cricket and scored 11240 runs in 194 first-class matches including 27 centuries. He played in the IPL for Mumbai Indians (MI), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). This time he could not play a single match for RCB. He said, ‘I also want to thank the IPL teams and their owners, who joined me in the team and took care of me.’ 

Under Parthiv’s captaincy, Gujarat won the Ranji title in 2016-17. He became the first captain of Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, with whom he played the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2013.

Parthiv said, ‘I am relieved that I played with dignity, sportsmanship and mutual harmony. More dreams were fulfilled than I had dreamed. I hope I will be remembered.

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