New Delhi: India team wicket keeper batsman Parthiv Patel has retired from all formats of cricket. After the announcement, Parthiv made a statement about India’s first test captain Sourav Ganguly with Indian veteran Anil Kumble, saying “these two players are truly leaders.”
Former Indian team captain Sourav Ganguly hailed his career upon retirement and described him as the team’s ambassador. He said: “Parthiv has been a great ambassador for Indian cricket. He always played as a team man and when he made his international debut at the age of 17 it was good for me to lead him.
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Ganguly said: “His hard work has earned him a lot of name in international and domestic cricket. I congratulate him on his illustrious career and his best wishes for the future. The performance he achieved in the Ranji Trophy final and gave Gujarat the title for the first time will always be remembered in Gujarat cricket.
Patel, 35, played 194 first-class games and scored 11,240 points. It marked 27 centuries and 62 half-centuries. Patel gave Gujarat the Vijay Hazare Trophy title in 2015. He scored a century against Delhi in the final.
He also continued his success in the Ranji Trophy final next season. Patel scored the biggest win of the final chasing a 143-point goal against Mumbai and also gave his side the Ranji Trophy title.
Apart from that, BCCI Secretary Jai Shah said: “Parthiv has always played cricket with a passion. He played very difficult cricket for the Indian team. His contribution to domestic cricket will inspire future cricketers.
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He said, “Getting Gujarat to the Ranji Trophy for the first time in 2016-17 is a great achievement, it shows their leadership potential. The BCCI congratulates Parthiv on its successful career ”.