Parthiv Patel joins IPL 2020 champions: The recently retired wicket-keeper batsman has joined his former IPL franchise in a new role.
Former India wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel, who had announced his retirement from all formats as recent has yesterday, has joined Indian Premier League 2020 champions Mumbai Indians as a talent scout.
It is worth mentioning that this will be Patel’s second stint at Indians. As a player, the left-handed batsman was part of MI’s title-winning squads in 2015 and 2017 scoring 911 runs in 40 matches across three seasons at an average and strike rate of 23.36 and 131.84 respectively which also included five half-centuries.
Patel, who hung his boots after an almost two-decade long career and as the fifth-highest run-scorer in first-class cricket among Indian batsmen, is well-versed with the Indian domestic circuit and an apt candidate for the position.
Congratulations on a wonderful career, Parthiv!
Your never say never attitude is something that has always stood out for me and I still remember the gutsy innings you played against Pakistan at Rawalpindi as an opener.
All the very best for your future endeavours my friend. pic.twitter.com/iuWhcvjv68
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 9, 2020
Apart from representing India in 65 matches across outings, Patel had also led Gujarat to Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy titles during his playing days.
Parthiv Patel joins IPL 2020 champions in new role
“I had enjoyed my cricket playing for Mumbai Indians, those momentous three years with the champion sides remain etched in my memory. It’s time now to turn a new chapter in my life. I am excited, confident, and thankful to the Mumbai Indians management for the opportunity presented to me,” Patel was quoted as saying by the Mumbai Indians website.
“I am delighted to have Parthiv joining us. We had the opportunity to pick his cricketing brain during his playing days at Mumbai Indians. I am very confident of his contribution to further enhance our scouting system with the depth of cricketing knowledge he possesses.
“Parthiv understands our ideology, the DNA of Mumbai Indians, and what we are trying to create at MI,” Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani was quoted as saying by the Mumbai Indians website.