Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel took to Twitter to announce his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday(09-12-2020). Patel made his international debut at the age of 17 in an away Test series against England in 2002.
The year 2020 came with all the ups and downs and some of the most shattering news in the cricket world. It also saw the retirement of some of the biggest names like MS Dhoni, followed by Suresh Raina.
Parthiv Patel Announced retirement
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) December 9, 2020
His Twitter posts read as “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.
Parthiv Patel’s career at a glance
Patel played 25 Tests for India with 934 runs in his bag and 62 catches on his name. In the ODI format, he played 38 games to amass 736 runs and 30 catches. He played just two T20Is with India.
His first-class career and stats speak volumes about his capacities in the game. He has 10,797 runs in 187 FC matches he played at an impressive average of 43.36.
He led the Gujarat team in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy, and the team made it to the finals. In the finals, the team met Mumbai, and his outstanding performance, including 143 in the second innings led Gujarat to clinch the maiden Ranji title.
This victory made Gujarat the first team and Patel the first skipper to have all the three major domestic titles under his belt. He also plied his trade for various IPL franchises starting from Chennai Super Kings in the inaugural edition.
Parthiv led Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the 2011 season of IPL. 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.