With former Indian keeper-batsman Parthiv Patel announcing his retirement from international cricket, wishes have poured from his several cricketers who have played with and against him. Parthiv Patel, who made his international debut back in 2002, was a handy keeper-batsman; however, remained inconsistent and got soon replaced by better candidates. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, under whom he made his debut, also chipped in with his best wishes.
Parthiv Patel, who made his Test debut in 2002 and ODI debut in 2003, went on to don the national jersey in 25 Tests and 38 ODIs. The last of his 25 Tests came in January 2018 against South Africa. Patel went on to play two out of three matches on that tour but could not make any notable contribution with the bat and never got a game again. The Gujarat-born keeper-batsman also featured in a couple of T20Is.
Sourav Ganguly underlined that Parthiv Patel has been a brilliant ambassador of the game, a team man, and was an absolute pleasure to captain at him at the age of 17 years. Ganguly paid tribute on a fantastic career, wishing him best luck for his future endeavours, and did not fail to acknowledge Parthiv captaining Gujarat to their first Ranji title back in 2016-17.
“Parthiv has been a brilliant ambassador for Indian cricket. He has always been a team man and it was a pleasure to Captain him when he made his international debut at the age of seventeen. His hard work has earned him laurels in international and domestic cricket. I congratulate him on a fantastic career and wish him the very best for his future endeavours. His performance in the Ranji Trophy final to win Gujarat their only title will always be remembered in the history of Gujarat cricket,” Ganguly wrote in a statement as quoted by BCCI’s official website.
I am thankful to all the captains I have played under: Parthiv Patel
Of all the captains Parthiv Patel played under, he thanked Sourav Ganguly the most and would be indebted to him for showing faith in him. The veteran feels privileged to have shared dressing rooms with some of the most elite cricketers who are also their friends today.
“I am thankful to all the captains I have played under. I am especially indebted to Dada, my first captain, who showed immense faith in me. I feel privileged to have been in the company of and learnt from some stellar teammates, a lot whom I can call friends today,” the 25-year old stated as quoted by India Today.