Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman and the youngest stumper to have ever played in the longest format of the game, Parthiv Patel has announced his retirement from all forms of the game.
In a post on his official Twitter handle, Parthiv Patel, 35, announced that he is bringing down curtains on his 18-year-old career.
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) December 9, 2020
Patel made his debut as a 17-year-old kid during India’s tour of England in 2002 and he went on to represent the country on 25 Tests, 38 One-day Internationals, and 2 T20Is. Parthiv last featured for the Men in Blue during the 2018 Johannesburg Test in South Africa.
Parthiv might not have been able to have a sustained run with the Indian Cricket Team, but he continued to punch above his weight, staging multiple comebacks.
Parthiv Patel announces his retirement from all cricket.
? 25 Tests, 38 ODIs, two T20Is
? 1706 runs
? 93 catches, 19 stumpings
He remains the youngest wicket-keeper to play Test cricket, having made his debut at 17 years and 152 days ⭐ pic.twitter.com/O5i8FeRUiW
— ICC (@ICC) December 9, 2020
After being dropped from the Indian team following poor glovework during the 2003-04 tours to Australia and Pakistan, Parthiv reinvented himself into a feisty white-ball opener and it is in this role that he made his Team India comeback in 2011.
With MS Dhoni being a few lightyears ahead of his contemporary wicketkeepers, Patel could never attain the status of India’s first-choice stumper but he continued to remain a force to reckon with in domestic cricket.
He scored more than 11000 runs in 194 First-Class games with 27 centuries and 67 half-centuries besides becoming the first-ever Gujarat captain to lead the state to Ranji Trophy glory in the winter of 2016/17.
Patel also represented a plethora of IPL franchises like Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, Royal Challengers Bangalore, SunRisers Hyderabad, Kochi Tuskers. He was a part of the IPL-winning teams like CSK (2010), MI (2015 & 2017).
He represented 204 T20 matches for his state and various IPL franchises and scored 4300 runs at a strike-rate of 123.84 with 23 50+ scores.
Here’s how Indian cricketers took to Twitter to wish Parthiv Patel-
Well done on a wonderful career??..I totally enjoyed playing with and against you over the years and wish you the best for whatever you take up next.?? https://t.co/oEojamn3z8
— Ashwin ?? (@ashwinravi99) December 9, 2020
Congratulations #ParthivPatel on a very good career. Your determination to continue to work hard and dream big despite many challenges was fantastic and I wish the best for you in the future. Happy retirement Nikke ! pic.twitter.com/P0d4E0WjDk
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 9, 2020
Congratulations on a wonderful career brother. The legacy which you are leaving behind in Gujarat cricket will forever be remembered. It was great playing with you Captain. Keep inspiring the younger generations and showing them how age (young and old) is just a number. Cont.. pic.twitter.com/wly2V0i8Cb
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) December 9, 2020
Well done PP on a fantastic career. It was wonderful to have played with you. Will cherish those memories. Have a good second innings buddy. Best wishes to you and family. ??
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) December 9, 2020
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) December 9, 2020
Congratulations pp on a wonderful career. Wishing you well! God bless.
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) December 9, 2020
Congratulations on a wonderful career PP . You should be very proud of what you have achieved on the cricket field . May you have the same success and happiness in whatever you choose to do from here on . All the best brother ??? https://t.co/gErFkZ044H
— Rohan Gavaskar (@rohangava9) December 9, 2020
I will definitely ask you Why @parthiv9 but ultimately you know best..ur still the cherubic baby with whom I went from touring so much to talking about..exceptional career,a tough cookie where u can't be misled by looks,a perfect chirper,great teammate.go well mate.god bless ??
— Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) December 9, 2020
Congratulations on your wonderful career @parthiv9 . Many moments to cherish in your long career. Wishing you all the best for your 2nd innings. Happy retirement. #ParthivPatel pic.twitter.com/2nFHhxWHOe
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) December 9, 2020