Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel on Wednesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Patel made his debut at the age of 17 in 2002 against England in Nottingham under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy. He last played for India in a Test against South Africa in Johannesburg in 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 wrote on Twitter.
“I am thankful to al the captains I have played under. I am especially indebted to Dada, my first captain, who showed immense faith in me. I feel privileged to have been in the company of and learnt from some stellar teammates, a lot whom I can call friends today. In the same breadth, I must admit players on the opposing team have been as inspiring and taught me well,” he said.
“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,” Patel added.
Patel was the youngest wicket keeper to play Test cricket for India.
Parthiv Patel was a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad for the recently concluded Indian Premier League 2020.