On Wednesday, wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The 35-year-old, one of the youngest players to have ever played for India in Tests. The longest format of the game noted:
“Parthiv Patel: 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.”
In addition, Parthiv Patel’s long and illustrious career saw him don many hats across a variety of formats. At the highest level, he debuted under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly against England in 2002, at the Trent Bridge Test.
ODI and Test Career
Parthiv Patel’s biggest achievement touted as his early appearance on the national stage. He would go on to take his place behind the stumps across a number of series. He dropped from the team soon after following a slew of bad performances with the glove-making way for the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Parthiv represented India in 25 test matches, scoring 934 runs at an average of 31.13, with six half-centuries in all. His wicket-keeping in tests resulted in 62 catches and 20 stumpings.
He also played two T20 internationals for India and finished his record with the highest score of 26.
Parthiv Patel Domestic Career
Following his exclusion from the national side. Patel was drafted into the Ranji Trophy tournament, where he represented the Gujarat state team. In first-class cricket, Patel was a stalwart. A force to be reckoned with as his records would go on to show. He captained the Gujarat side to its first-ever tournament win in 2016-2017. In his first-class career, Patel played a total of 187 matches, amassing 10,797 runs at a brisk average of 43.36. He scored 26 centuries and 59 half-centuries with a highest score of 209. Donning the gloves, he instrumented 542 dismissals with 466 catches and 76 stumpings.
The Ranji Trophy win made Patel the first captain to win the three major domestic leagues in the country. He also captained the India Green for the 2018-2019 Duleep Trophy and India B for the 2019-2020 Deodhar Trophy.
Back in 2015, Patel had also led Gujarat to get a maiden match-win against Delhi and get the prestigious Vijay Hazare Trophy as well.
Parthiv Patel IPL Career
The first edition of the prestigious Indian Premier League saw Patel being a part of the CSK side led by M.S. Dhoni. He was introduced as an opener and would go on to play for the team for three seasons before joining the Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the fourth edition of the tournament.
However, after the Kochi team was disbanded, Patel went on to play for Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Mumbai Indians in subsequent editions of the IPL. He finished his IPL career with 139 matches under his belt and 13 fifties.
Though on paper Patel’s international record might not be the stuff of record-breaking proportions, at various points in his career. His presence has been crucial to Team India’s strategy. Most notably, when he was brought in as a wicket-keeper for the 2003 world cup when Rahul Dravid was transitioning into a wicket-keeping role.
However, his first-class career, in all terms, bears testimony to his unquestionable brilliance and mastery over the game. In conclusion, Indian cricket fans today bid farewell to the innocent boyish-looking wicket-keeper who remains one of the true gentlemen the game has witnessed these many years.