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Parthiv Patel retires from all forms of the game

Veteran wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel calls curtains on his 18-year-long professional cricket career. Parthiv has played with established cricketers in his heydays. He played with Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and others.

Former India wicket-keeper batsman made his international debut at the age of 17. He announced his retirement through a tweet with a long message. The 35-year-old represented India in 25 Tests, 39 ODIs and 2 T20Is. He managed to score 934 runs in the longest format, 736 runs in the 50-over format and 36 runs in the shortest format.

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He scored 6 fifties in Tests and 4 fifties in ODIs. His career-best score in Tests, ODIs and T20Is is 71, 95 and 26 runs respectively. He made his Test debut for India during team’s tour of England in 2002. He was last seen playing for India in January 2018 in a Test match against South Africa in Johannesburg.

Parthiv played for Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore in his last 13 editions. The baby-faced cricketer played 139 matches in the Indian Premier League. He scored 2848 runs in the cash-rich league, registering his career-best score of 81. He smashed as many as 13 fifties to his name.

“On this day, as I pause and reflect to assess how for i have come, the biggest wish i have is for my father to have been standing beside me, at the closure of my journey as a cricket player, as he has thru most of my life and career. Today, I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket, and as I bring down the curtains on thin 18-year-old cricketing journey. I feel heavier with gratitude toward many,” the veteran added in an extract.

Parthiv also thanked BCCI, Sourav Ganguly in his statement. “I have enormous gratitude towards BCCI for being a guiding force and hand holding me, in the formative years of my young career. I’m thankful to all the captains I have played under. I’m 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 team mates a lot of whom I can call friends today in the same breath I must admit players on the opposing team have been as inspiring and thought me well.”

Last but not least, he thanked Gujarat Cricket Association in his extract. “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 said.

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