Parthiv Patel announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Parthiv Patel made his debut at the age of 17 in Nottingham against England in 2002. In his career spanning over 18 years, he has played 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and two T20Is.
New Delhi: Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He took to Instagram to make the announcement in a lengthy note and said, "How lucky I'm to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard!"
"With utmost gratitude to fraternity, I'm announcing my retirement from all forms of cricket," he added.
"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," Patel said in his long post.
"I am full of gratitude to The Gujarat Cricket Association, my home, for solidly rallying around me throughout my journey, and the leadership role conferred upon me couldn't have been more joyous and fulfilling than our team winning all formats of the game," he added.
Patel made his debut at the age of 17 in Nottingham against England in 2002. In his career spanning over 18 years, he has played 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and two T20Is. He was last seen in Blue jersey in 2018 during a test match in Johannesburg against South Africa.
Apart from his contributions to Team India, he is also known for leading Gujarat in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2015. He was also the leading scorer for Gujarat in Ranji Trophy for few seasons and single handedly took the team to clinch their maiden title in the 2016-2017 season.
Patel has also had a significant career in Indian Premier league. He was part of Chennai Super Kings in 2010 and the Mumbai Indians in 2015 and 2017. Most recently in 2019, he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was also part of the team in 2020 but couldn't get a chance since RCB chose AB de Villiers over him and found an efficient opener in newbie Devdutt Padikkal.