Parthiv Patel retirement: The 35-year old player has hung his boots from all forms of the game after an almost two-decade long career.
Veteran wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel has called time on an almost two-decade long career via a post on social media platform Twitter. The 35-year old player’s last competitive appearance was for home state Gujarat during the last season of Ranji Trophy.
Part of Royal Challengers Bangalore for the recently concluded 13th season of the Indian Premier League, Patel didn’t get to play a match due to the emergence of Devdutt Paddikal as an opening batsman and AB de Villiers as a wicket-keeper batsman.
Having made his Test debut against England in Nottingham in 2002, Patel last represented India during their tour of South Africa in 2018. All in all, the left-handed batsman played 65 matches for India across formats crossing the 50-run mark on 10 occasions and completing 112 dismissals behind the stumps.
In what was a start-stop career, Patel was often included in the team when former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wasn’t part of it. A flexible option in the batting order, Patel even opened the batting for India in five Tests scoring 265 runs at an average of 53 which also included three half-centuries in Rawalpindi, Mohali and Chennai.
An absolute domestic stalwart, Patel is the fifth-highest run-scorer in first-class cricket among Indian batsmen scoring 9,500 runs in 153 matches at an average of 44.18 and including 23 centuries.
A regular in the IPL over the years, Patel scored 2,848 runs in 139 outings at an average and strike rate of 22.60 and 120.78 respectively during his stints for Chennai Super Kings, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, RCB (twice) and Mumbai Indians.
Parthiv Patel retirement
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) December 9, 2020
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
I loved watching @parthiv9 play.
Alec Stewart’s gesture at Trent Bridge still seems like yesterday.
But my one lasting memory is from the 2016-17 final.
90 and (chasing 312) 146, six dismissals.
First captain to lead Gujarat to a Ranji title.#ParthivPatel
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) December 9, 2020
Right from his debut for 🇮🇳 , to his final IPL season in 2020, @parthiv9 showed us how important it is to have a strong character and work hard. It was a pleasure having you at RCB. Best wishes for the life ahead and thank you for all the memories🙌❤️#PlayBold #ThankYouParthiv pic.twitter.com/2bg9u7OyzF
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) December 9, 2020
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) December 9, 2020
🏆🏆 A two-time @IPL champion in Blue & Gold 💙
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 9, 2020
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