RCB’s Parthiv Patel announces retirement from all forms of cricket ahead of IPL 2021 mega auction

RCB’s Parthiv Patel announces retirement: India wicketkeeper-batsman and Royal Challenger Bangalore’s player Parthiv Patel, who made his international debut at the age of 19, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket ahead of IPL 2021, which is likely to witness mega auction.

Patel informed about his retirement through a tweet.

Patel made his debut for India during the 2002 tour of England and he went onto play 25 Tests, 39 ODIs and two T20Is, scoring 934, 736 and 36 respectively in the three formats.

His last match for India was in January of 2018, when he turned up for a Test match against South Africa in Johannesburg.

Notably, it was due to the emergence of legendary MS Dhoni in the form of wicketkeeper that the young man was sidelined from the international arena.

In Indian Premier League, Patel plied his trade for various franchises starting from Chennai Super Kings in the inaugural edition. He joined RCB in 2018 for Rs 1.7 crore but didn’t play a single match in the 2020 edition as he found no place in the team.

Overall, Patel has played 139 IPL matches in which he has scored 2848 runs at an average of 22.60 and a strike rate of 120.78.

However, Parthiv’s first-class career and stats speak volumes about his talent. He has 10,797 runs in 187 first-class matches he played at an impressive average of 43.36.

He even led the Gujarat team in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy and riding on his outstanding performance, including 143 in the second innings, Gujarat defeated Mumbai in the finals to clinch their maiden Ranji title.

Notably, the win saw Patel become the first skipper to have all the three major domestic titles under his belt.