An 18-year-long illustrious career came to an end, on Wednesday, as wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel announced his retirement from all forms of the game.
Parthiv, 35, has featured in 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and a couple of T20Is for India. In domestic cricket, he featured in 194 first-class matches for Gujarat.
He broke into the Indian team in 2002, becoming the youngest wicketkeeper in Tests, after making his debut at 17 years and 153 days. While he had a decent start to his career, Patel lost his place in 2004 with the emergence of Dinesh Karthik and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
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He made his Test debut two years and two months before he figured in his first Ranji Trophy match in November 2004 in Ahmedabad.
“I remember the match vividly. We should have won that match against Delhi. I played against some established players on…