Up to date: December 10, 2020 7:52:36 am
In 2002, Parthiv Patel was the brand new child on the block, gifted sufficient to play Take a look at cricket on the age of 17. Eighteen years down the road, because the diminutive ‘keeper-batsman retired from all types of cricket on Wednesday, he completed with 25 Assessments, 38 ODIs and two T20Is.
That he stayed related as a cricketer for near twenty years spoke volumes for his love of the sport and laborious work. India’s ‘keeper-batsman’s panorama modified completely after the arrival of a sure MS Dhoni in 2004-05. Parthiv, like Dinesh Karthik, needed to combat towards somebody for a spot within the Indian who was undroppable. And but, the left-hander didn’t throw within the towel. He embraced home cricket and each time alternatives got here, he was able to play for India. That he performed his final Take a look at towards South Africa at Johannesburg solely two years in the past attested his longevity. Alongside the way in which, he performed an enormous position in making Gujarat a serious power to reckon with in home cricket.
“There was one time in 2009 when India went to New Zealand. I had scored 800 runs within the Ranji Trophy and scored (a) hundred within the Duleep Trophy remaining and the decision didn’t come. I assumed in all probability this was it. However then I considered one thing else and it was to construct a staff,” Parthiv informed reporters throughout a digital media interplay on Wednesday.
He did obtain his purpose, main Gujarat to the Vijay Hazare Trophy triumph in 2015 and the Ranji Trophy title subsequent season. His 143 within the remaining towards Mumbai helped Gujarat pull off a file run chase.
But it surely was the early a part of his profession, when he was trying to be cementing his place within the Take a look at staff, was particular. He was a part of Sourav Ganguly’s India that gained towards England at Headingley. A yr later, he was within the staff throughout India’s memorable Take a look at sequence in Australia – it ended 1-1. Then, at Rawalpindi in 2004, he scored a half-century in India’s innings victory towards Pakistan.
“I might at all times maintain Sourav Ganguly as a pacesetter in true sense together with his man administration expertise. Sourav and Anil Kumble have been nice leaders and so they made me the type of particular person I’m,” Parthiv mentioned.
“I nonetheless have the Take a look at cap with my identify wrongly printed, ‘Partiv’, that Dada gave me. The victories at Headingley (2002) and Adelaide (2003-04) and the half-century, opening the innings at Rawalpindi, can be my favorite recollections.” he added.
Parthiv completed with 934 runs and 72 dismissals in Assessments, and 736 runs and 39 dismissals in ODIs. In first-class cricket, his tally stood at 11,240 runs and 563 dismissals in 194 matches. “I nonetheless consider in Take a look at matches, your finest ‘keeper ought to play, like Wriddhiman Saha for India,” he mentioned.
As he hung up his boots, he supplied an recommendation to youngsters who aspire to play for India. “Keep as a lot as doable away from social media.”
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