Veteran Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel entered the gentlemen’s game on Wednesday. Making his international debut at the age of 17, Parthiv announced his retirement from all formats after a long 18-year career.
The 35-year-old said he found three IPL trophies to be the ‘perfect time’ for Gujarat to move after winning every possible tournament in domestic cricket.
During a media interaction, Parthiv praised his first Test captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and described him as a ‘true leader’. He also thanked the great Anil Kumble, who transcended the field of cricket, stating his influence in his life.
“I will always catch Sourav Ganguly as a leader with his man management skills in the true sense. Parthiv said during a virtual conversation, Sourav and Anil Kumble were great leaders and they made me the kind of person I am.
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“I still have the test cap with my name on it, which is the wrongly printed ‘partyw’ that Dada gave me. Wins in Headingley (2002) and Adelaide (2003-04) and my favorite opening half-century in Rawalpindi. There will be memories, ”he said.
Parthiv announced the social media post on Wednesday morning. During the conversation, he revealed that retirement was on his mind for the last one year and the timing could not be better.
“I am at peace with my decision and have slept well. Although my family members were in tears. I was contemplating it for a year and after 18 years, hardly anything else to achieve. I have won all domestic tournaments, three IPL trophies and Gujarat cricket is in perfect condition. “
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Parthiv Patel made his debut for India during the 2002 tour of England. He scored 934, 736 and 36 runs in all three formats in 25 Tests, 39 ODIs and two T20Is respectively.
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