Parthiv Patel Biography
Little Parthiv Patel has been a force for Gujarat for what seems like an eternity. Parthiv first made waves at the under-19 level and was then called up to India's squad for the tour of England in 2002.
Replacing Ajay Ratra in the second Test at Nottingham, he became the youngest wicketkeeper in the history of the format, and earned a pat on the back from Alec Stewart for playing a match-saving innings on debut. However, despite a few good innings, his wicketkeeping found wanting, and he was dropped in 2004.
Parthiv made sporadic comebacks to the Indian team, but with MS Dhoni at the helm and the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Wriddhiman Saha around, opportunities have been hard to come by. He did a decent job as an opener in the ODIs in England in 2011 but was dropped after the Australia tour in 2012.
Parthiv has scored over 8,000 runs in First-Class cricket for Gujarat and has also been the captain of the side for the last few years. His consistent performances for Gujarat meant that he was always on the fringes of the national side, without ever managing to keep a place for very long. In IPL he has played for Chennai Super Kings, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Royal Challengers Bangalore.