Parthiv Patel’s career was finished by the arrival of MS Dhoni

Parthiv Patel
Parthiv Patel is the unlucky cricketer of India.

Parthiv Patel is another cricketer who considers one of the unlucky cricketers of India. Parthiv Patel, a little attacking wicketkeeper-batter made his international debut at Trent Bridge in 2002. At that time he was 17 years and 153 days. He became Test crickets youngest wicket-keeper.

The Glovework of Parthiv was inconsistent at first, going from competent to bad. But it was his bat that earned him a spot on the national team. But, due to his increasingly poor work behind the stumps, he was dropped from the Indian team in 2004.

As Dinesh Karthik and later MS Dhoni moved up the ranks, Parthiv fell further down the pecking order. Although, he had come back to the team later. But did not able to cement his place in the Indian team. The history of Indian Cricket describes Parthiv Patel initially did not justify his talent. He was too young for International Cricket.

As a wicketkeeper-batter, emerge of MS Dhoni and his rule as captain of the Indian team, Parthiv Patel – once most potential wicket-keeper in India – possibilities faded.

Parthiv Patel is the unlucky cricketer of India

Parthiv Patel Domestic career

Parthiv Patel made his domestic debut for Gujarat at the age of 15. For Gujarat, he had played all his domestic cricket. In the domestic circuit, he was one of the best performers. 

Parthiv continued to lead the run charts for his Ranji side Gujarat. In the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy, Patel was the captain of the Gujarat team. Gujarat reached the final for the second time. After defeating Odisha and Jharkhand in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.

In January, they faced former champions Mumbai at the final match in Indore. Patel helped Gujarat win its first Trophy by scoring 90 runs in the first inning and 143 runs in the second. Patels 143 was the highest score in a Ranji Trophy final chase.

Gujarat became the first team, and Patel became the first captain of the history of Indian domestic cricket to win all three major domestic titles. Parthiv was selected captain for India Green for the 2018–19 Duleep Trophy in July 2018. He was nominated captain of India B for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy.

 Parthiv played a total of 194 Fast Class matches and scored 11240 runs at an average of 43.39. He had 27 centuries and 62 half-centuries, and the highest score is 206. Patel also played 193 List A games and scored 5172 runs. He got good wicket-keeping records also in domestic cricket. Parthiv engaged in a total of 563 dismissals(485 catches and 77 stumpings).

For Team India

Parthiv Patel In Test Cricket

Sourav Ganguly and his team scouted 17-year-old baby-faced Parthiv Patel, who appears to be less than 15, in the early 2000s. When Indian cricket was looking for a long-term wicket-keeper in the post-Mongia period. And also entrusted with wicket-keeping in the Indian Test squad.

Due to an injury to Ajay Ratra, Parthiv was given the go-ahead for the 2002 England tour. At the age of 17 years and 153 days, Parthiv became Test cricket’s youngest wicket-keeper when he was given Indian Test cap no. 244 at Trent Bridge. Hanif Mohammed of Pakistan formerly held the record (17 years and 300 days). He fought for an hour and a half in the match. Parthiv saved India from losing the match.

After that, he was kept for a year and impressed with his steady lower-order batting, including a commanding 62 in the company of the great Sachin Tendulkar at the SCG, smashing Brett Lee and co. to all parts and counterattacking to help India to their best-ever Test score.

In his third consecutive overseas tour to a historic first Test series win in Pakistan, Parthiv scored a half-century in a losing match in Lahore. In the next match assigned to open the batting in Rawalpindi. After losing Sehwag, he and Rahul Dravid continued to lead India despite the hostile pace of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami. 

Unfortunately for a long time, that was the peak of his professional career. Exasperated by his terrible glove-work in the subsequent series, Parthiv dropped from the squad. Other options like Dinesh Karthik tried before MS Dhoni became the Indian cricket team backbone for the next decade.

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He returned to the Indian side for the 2008 series in Sri Lanka after some eye-catching performances during the A Tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa. He also regularly performed on the domestic circuit for Gujarat. However, he remained unreliable behind the stumps and he lost his chance, with Dhoni coming back in the following series. Selectors chose Saha as MS Dhoni’s replacement when he announced his retirement from Test cricket in December 2014, and Parthiv was once again the second-choice keeper.

In November 2016, Parthiv Patel called for the third Test of the India-England home series in Mohali. He was to replace Wriddhiman Saha was out with a thigh strain. Patel made his first Test appearance after eight years, after missing 83 Tests in the period. With two good innings, including an unbeaten 67 runs off 54 balls in the second innings. He proved his selection was correct. India won that match. 

Parthiv played his last Test match against South Africa at Johannesburg in January 2018.

Parthiv Patel scored 934 runs in 25 Test Matches he played for India. His highest individual score is 71. Patel had 62 catches and ten stumpings in Test cricket.

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Parthiv Patel In ODI Cricket

In January 2003, Patel made his One-Day International debut against New Zealand. Parthiv scored some half-centuries in the home ODI series against New Zealand. He has become a shoo-in for the side like an injury replacement or a deputy for the rested batter.

He was selected for the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, skipping his high school board exams in the process. However, he did not play any games. Because Rahul Dravid was utilized as a makeshift wicket-keeper to allow the option of an extra batter or bowler. With this policy in place, Patel only appeared in one-day internationals on rare occasions.

Mainly when Dravid was injured or rested. In two years, Patel only played 13 One-Day Internationals. His batting average was 14.66 and a top-score of 28. So he was dropped after that. Parthiv remained a reserve player while Dhoni excelled with the bat and wicket-keeping. In 2010, Parthiv made his comeback to the Indian squad, playing in the 4th and 5th Odis against New Zealand. He recognized the occasion by hitting two half-centuries in a row.

Later, he was selected to replace Sachin Tendulkar was injured during the tour of South Africa. In 2012 Selectors decided to rest experienced players like wicket-keeper captain MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, and Zaheer Khan for the series against West Indies. Parthiv Patel was given wicket-keeping duties with Wriddhiman Saha.

In 2011, he made a return to the ODI team, scoring a career-best 95 as an opener in England. However, with the failure to secure his place with big scores and a lack of consistent performances, Parthiv once again faded away. Parthiv Patel played his last ODI against Sri Lanka in Brisbane, Feb 21, 2012, Commonwealth Bank Series. 

He played a total of 38 ODIs and scored 736 runs.

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Parthiv Patel In 20TI

In 2005, Parthiv Patel, Robin Singh, and Rohan Gavaskar played their maiden T20 match. The T20 format was in its beginnings at the time. Dinesh Mongia, however, was the first Indian cricketer to play a T20 match. In 2011, he made his T20I debut against West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain. Parthiv Patel played only two T20 for India.

Parthiv Patel In IPL

In the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL), Patel auctioned off to Chennai Super Kings. He used to be a regular in the team, opening with Matthew Hayden, a former Australian opener. As captain MS Dhoni was keeping the wicket, he did not keep the wicket. Although, he played all 13 games in the first season and scored over 300 runs. The emergence of Murali Vijay in the following editions saw Parthiv pushed to the bench.

Kochi Tuskers Kerala has signed him for the fourth season. Parthiv will lead the Kochi Tuskers Kerala for the 2011 Indian Premier League season. Following the termination of the Kochi Tuskers franchise, Parthiv and the other players from the team were auctioned off again for the 2012 Indian Premier League season.

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During the 2012 IPL Trading Window, he was picked by the Deccan Chargers for $1 million. In the following three editions, Parthiv was signed by three different teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014. Mumbai Indians signed Patel as an opening batsman for the 2015 IPL season.

He had a great season at Mumbai, scoring 339 runs at 26 with a strike rate of 137. He and Lendl Simmons formed a solid opening combination, and the two contributed significantly to Mumbai’s second IPL title. Though he slowed down the next year, Patel picked up his game in the 2017 edition, scoring 395 runs at 24 with a strike rate of 134, earning him another winning medal with Mumbai Indians. 

Parthiv was let go despite having a good season as Mumbai began to rebuild their team. Royal Challengers Bangalore signed him in the 2018 auctions and used him as a backup wicket-keeper to Quinton de Kock. But with de Kock’s departure, he got another chance to show his worth in the 2019 season.

On December 9, 2020, Parthiv Patel announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, ending an 18-year illustrious career.

Patel, 35, has represented India in 25 Tests, 38 ODIs, and two of T20Is. He played 194 first-class matches for Gujarat in domestic cricket.

Teams Played For

India, Chennai Super Kings, India Green, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Deccan Chargers, West Zone, Gujarat, Board Presidents XI, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, India Red, India A, India B.


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