Sports Desk – Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel, one of the youngest to have played Test cricket for India at the age of 17, on Wednesday, announced his retirement from all forms of the game.
The 35-year-old Patel played 25 Tests, 38 One Day Internationals and two T20 Internationals for India in his 18-year career. Talking about domestic cricket, he played 194 matches for Gujarat. He played his last Test against South Africa in Johannesburg in January 2018.
“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 Twitter 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.
Prathiv Patal Career
Patel was a stalwart in Indian domestic cricket and scored over 11,000 runs in 194 first-class games, with 27 centuries and 67 half-centuries.
Patel also proved his mettle in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he played for sides like Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, SunRisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore among others.
He played 204 T20 matches for his state and various IPL franchises and scored 4,300 runs at a strike rate of 123.84, with the help of 23 half-centuries.