Former India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel announces retirement

India, Dec 9: Former India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday. The 35-year-old represented India in 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and 2 T20Is having made his international debut as a 17-year old in 2002.

Patel put out a statement on Twitter announcing his retirement from all forms of the game. “I feel at peace having played the game in its truest tenets, 3ith dignity and in the spirit of the game and more importantly with great camaraderie. As I walk away a proud man, having fulfilled more dreams than I thought possible, I hope to be remembered with that thought and find your support for my future endeavours.”

Parthiv Patel was Test cricket’s youngest wicket-keeper when he made his debut in England in 2002 and continued to have a stop-start journey at the international level. With the emergence of other MS Dhoni, Patel continued to remain in the back-up options for India.

However, he also had a flourishing domestic career scoring over 11,000 First-Class runs in 194 games. He also had the honour of leading Gujarat to the maiden Ranji Trophy win in the 2016-17 season as well as their maiden Vijay Hazare Trophy win.

Also, Patel was a part of six different teams in the Indian Premier League where he managed 13 fifties over 139 games.