Parthiv Patel made his Test debut at an exceptionally young age of 17 in 2002 against England. In the first half of his career, he mostly represented India in overseas Tests. Despite his mediocre returns with the bat, his presence behind the stumps received admirations. Nevertheless, with the likes of Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni emerging rapidly, the Gujarat-born keeper was sidelined.
Even after Dhoni retired from Tests in late 2014, he remained a distant option as a gloveman. Parthiv Patel finally returned to the Test team in 2018 against South Africa, keeping wickets for the first and second Test, taking ten catches. But with Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha as first-choice options at present, the 35-year old would likely again not get a chance.