Parthiv Patel retires from all forms of cricket

Eighteen several years just after getting to be Test cricket’s youngest wicketkeeper as a infant-faced 17-calendar year-old in Nottingham, Parthiv Patel has introduced his retirement from all forms of the game.

Patel finished with 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and two T20Is, his previous international look coming in India’s famed Test gain in Johannesburg in January 2018. A calendar year later, he was also section of the squad when India received a Test collection in Australia for the initial time in their history.

Aside from taking part in for India, Patel will be remembered for his contributions to Gujarat. He led the side to the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2015, scoring a match-successful maiden Listing A century in the ultimate against Delhi. He outdid that accomplishment the following season, when he designed 143 against Mumbai to aid Gujarat pull off the best prosperous run-chase in a Ranji Trophy ultimate.

Only two months ahead of that Ranji Trophy triumph, Patel had gained a Test recall just after eight several years, forward of the third Test against England in Mohali. So abrupt was his inclusion that Patel, who was captaining Gujarat in a initial-course game in Hubli at the time, had to make an eight-hour highway journey to Goa ahead of arriving in Chandigarh via a stopover in New Delhi on the eve of the match.

Patel was generally a gutsy batsman, a top quality he shown even on his Test debut when he occupied the crease for eighty four minutes and served conserve the game with an unbeaten 19. This facet of his game gained him the occasional promotion to open the batting, which he did most memorably even though maintaining out the fiery Shoaib Akhtar and scoring 69 in the selecting Rawalpindi Test of India’s 2004 tour to Pakistan. In all, he scored six half-generations in Tests, with a best of 71 against England in Chennai in 2016.

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Patel took an unconventional route to the leading degree: he captained India at the 2002 Less than-19 Planet Cup, performed for India A, and performed Test cricket ahead of taking part in senior domestic cricket. He settled into the Test crew promptly, taking part in 19 out of India’s twenty Tests from his debut, but a fall-off in the top quality of his glovework – the skipped stumping of Ricky Ponting on the ultimate working day of the 2004 Sydney Test was a especially noteworthy error – led to his exclusion. The emergence of Dinesh Karthik and later MS Dhoni pushed him additional down the pecking get, and his appearances thereafter were being sporadic: a just one-off Test in 2008 when Dhoni opted out of a Test collection in Sri Lanka, a handful of white-ball games as a specialist opener in 2011 and early 2012, and five extra Tests in the 2016-2018 interval.

When his international career was a quit-get started affair, Patel was an IPL standard, typically as a punchy existence at the leading of the get. He was section of a few title-successful groups – the Chennai Super Kings in 2010 and the Mumbai Indians in 2015 and 2017 – and was Mumbai’s best run-getter in 2017 with 395 operates at a strike charge of 134.eighty one. He performed for six IPL franchises in all, most not long ago for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2019. He was section of their squad in 2020 as effectively, but didn’t get a game with the crew preferring to use AB de Villiers as their initial-selection keeper and endorsing Devdutt Padikkal to open the batting.

Patel finished his career with quantities that set him in elite business. In all initial-course cricket in India, he scored 9500 operates at an regular of forty four.18 only Wasim Jaffer, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir have scored extra. In general, he finished with 11,240 initial-course operates at an regular of forty three.49, with 27 hundreds, which includes a best of 206 against Odisha in the 2008-09 season, as effectively as 486 catches and 77 stumpings.

He continues to be the fourth-youngest Test debutant for India, behind only Tendulkar, Piyush Chawla and L Sivaramakrishnan.