Mumbai: Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. Patel made his international debut in 2002 and played 25 Tests, 38 ODIs, and two T20 matches for India.
The 35-year-old thanked the BCCI and former India captain, Sourav Ganguly, for showing confidence on his Twitter account.
On this day, as I pause and reflect to assess how far 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 this 18-year-old cricketing journey, I feel heavier with gratitude toward many,” Patel said in a statement.
He continued, “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.”
“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,” he added
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) December 9, 2020
“I feel privileged to have been in the company of and learned from some stellar teammates, 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 taught me well,” he said.
“All the coaches who I have trained under from the beginning until now, I have so much gratitude towards you for teaching me and helping me stay true to the game. The physios and trainers who have been instrumental to my fitness and worked hard to regain health while nursing injuries,” he added.
He concluded by saying, “I feel at peace having played the game in its truest tenets. With dignity and spirit of the game and more importantly with great camaraderie. As I walk away a proud man.”
Parthiv has scored 1,706 runs in formats including 10 half-centuries. Apart from this, he took 93 catches and also made 19 stumpings.
Patel also played 139 matches in the IPL scoring 2848 runs including 13 half-centuries. He represented the likes of Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore among others.