Cricketer Parthiv Patel announces his retirement and bids farewell to the sport

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Cricketer Parthiv Patel took to Twitter to share a sentimental post, announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket.

Cricketer Parthiv Patel announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday, 9th December 2020. In an emotional note, Patel informed about the retirement on Twitter. In his note, the cricketer wrote, "Today I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket, and as I bring down the curtains on this 18-year-old cricketing journey, I feel heavier with gratitude towards many. The BCCI showed a generous amount of confidence and faith in a 17-year-old boy to play for India. I have enormous gratitude towards them for being a guiding force and hand holding me, in the formative years of my young career."

Patel especially expressed his "indebtedness" towards cricketer Sourav Ganguly, who was the team captain when Patel entered the Indian cricket team. He wrote, "I am thankful to all the captains I have played under. I am especially indebted to Dada, my first captain, who showed immense faith in me. I feel privileged to have been in the company of and learnt from some stellar teammates, a lot whom I can call friends today. In the same breath, I must admit players on the opposing team have been as inspiring and taught me well." The cricketer also shared another tweet thanking his wife Avni Patel for being an "internal part of the journey".

The 35-year-old cricketer's career included 25 Test matches, 38 ODIs and multiple T20Is. He made his debut at the age of 17 in 2002 in a Test match in Nottingham, England. Patel has 1,706 International runs and 93 catches to his credit. He has also been an important team member of the IPL team, Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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