“Today, I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket and I am burdened with gratitude to many as I am rolling the curtains on this 18 year cricketing journey,” Parthiv, 35, said in a statement on his official Twitter account.
– Parthiv Patel (@ parthiv9) 1607492811000
Sourav Ganguly, who made his Test debut at 17 years and 153 days, has played 65 international matches for the country, including 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and two T20 Internationals.
The left-handed batsman came in a long form, scoring 934 runs (6 half centuries) in 1700 runs (1696) formats.
In ODIs he scored 736 runs with four fifties and scored 95 runs. He scored 72 in Tests, including 62 catches and 10 stumpings.
Parthiv came on the scene in early 2002 when he was sent to England after playing for India A in South Africa and before the Ranji Trophy.
“BCI has shown a generous confidence and trust in a 17-year-old boy to play for India. I am immensely grateful to him for guiding and holding me during the formative years of my young career,” Parthiv said.
In fact, he played his first Ranji Trophy since he was dropped from India in 2004 due to his lack of gloves on tours in Australia and Pakistan.
He thanked all the leaders and referred to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly as “especially Dada”.
Once Mahendra Singh Dhoni arrived on the scene, like other gloves, Parthiv had to play catch-up and become a second-keeper and sometimes play as a specialist batsman.
He reinvented himself as an early batsman in white ball cricket and has played a few ODIs for India on his second coming but the chances are few and far between.
However, as a true athlete, Parthiv had always admitted that he could not blame Dhoni for his sporadic national performances, as both he and Dinesh Karthik had opportunities to cement their places before Dhoni.
But he became a domestic legend and before his retirement, played an astonishing 194 first-class matches, scoring 11,240 runs at an average of 43 plus with 27 centuries.
Add to that, 194 List A games and 204 T20 games, Parthiv had a long life but Dhoni had some light years ahead as a performer.
But Parthiv has played for a number of IPL teams including Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last 13 editions. Perhaps RCB’s lack of play in this IPL version was crucial in their case.
“I would like to thank the IPL franchises and their owners who have taken care of me and made me part of their teams,” he said.
A long-time captain of the Gujarat Ranji team, his finest hour will surely take the lead in his state’s achievement of the Ranji Trophy victory at R R 2016-17
Parthiv’s ability to recognize his leadership and talent made Gujarat one of the best players in the country by a mid-level domestic team.
He was a veteran of India and world premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah during the 2013 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, in which he was asked to be selected for the Mumbai Indians.
On signing off, the Cherubic face glove said: “I think the game is played with dignity and passion in the game, and most importantly with great goodwill.
“As I move away from being a proud man, I’ve accomplished more dreams than I ever thought I would. I hope to be remembered with that thought and find your support for my next endeavors.”