Parthiv Patel announces retirement from all international formats, made his debut at the age of 17

Parthiv Patel Retired: The youngest debutant wicketkeeper retired after 18 years. Parthiv Patel last played the Johannesburg Test against South Africa in January 2018. He played his last ODI against Sri Lanka on 12 February 2012 in Brisbane.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Dec 09, 2020 13:12 IST
Parthiv Patel announces retirement from all international formats, made his debut at the age of 17
Parthiv Patel has announced his retirement

Parthiv Patel announced retirement: Indian team wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel on Wednesday announces his retirement from all international cricket formats. He had an 18-year career in cricket. He made his Test debut against England in 2002. With this, he became the youngest player to make a Test debut as a wicketkeeper, the last match was played two years ago. The

The 35-year-old wicket-keeper batsman made his international debut back in 2002 at the age of 17 in an away Test series against England and went on to represent India in 25 matches in the Tests, notched up 934 runs with an impressive average of 31.13. He also played 38 ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals for the Indian cricket team. 

Parthiv Patel made his test debut under the captaincy of Indian veteran Saurav Ganguly at the age of 17 years and 153 days (youngest debut as a wicket-keeper). He played 65 international matches for Team India, which included 25 Tests, 38 ODIs, and two T20 Internationals. Parthiv took on his Twitter and Instagram handle to announce his retirement across all formats. He said

"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 towards many. 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," Patel said in his long Twitter post.

"I am full of gratitude to The Gujarat Cricket Association, my home, for solidly rallying around me throughout my journey, and the leadership role conferred upon me couldn't have been more joyous and fulfilling than our team winning all formats of the game," he added.

Parthiv made his international debut in 2002 at the age of 17 in an away Test series against England and went on to represent India in 25 matches in the longest format, scoring 934 runs at an average of 31.13. He also played 38 ODIs and two T20 Internationals. The youngest debutant wicketkeeper retired after 18 years, the last match was played 2 years ago.

In ODIs, Parthiv has scored 736 runs with four half-centuries. In Tests, he claimed 72 scalps behind the stumps, which include 62 catches and 10 stumpings.

Parthiv Patel has played for different sides in the Indian Premier League (IPL) - Mumbai Indians (MI), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) among others.