Wicket-keeper batsman, Parthiv Patel announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday, 9th December through his Twitter account. Patel made his Test debut for India as a 17-year-old in 2002 against England. Subsequently, in 2003 he made his ODI debut.
Patel last played for India in 2018 against South Africa. He has represented several teams in the IPL, the latest being Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he warmed the benched for the entire IPL 2020 and was out in favour of youngster, Devdutt Padikkal.
With MS Dhoni being at the helm of India for more than a decade, Parthiv Patel was often picked as a back-up keeper. However, the left-hander had an illustrious domestic career leading Gujarat to several titles.
Here we look at 5 memorable moments in Parthi Patel’s career:
Youngest Wicket-keeper in Test history
Parthiv Patel was given his debut Test cap on the 2002 tour to England. Under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly, whom he thanked in particular in his farewell post, Parthiv became the youngest wicket-keeper to play Test cricket at 17 years and 152 days old.
Parthiv had a rollercoaster debut as he got out for a duck in his maiden innings. However, he answered all the questions about his potential and talent in the second innings with a gritty stay on the crease for 60 balls during the last phase of the match as the southpaw helped India save the Test match after being 8 wickets down.