Wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel on Wednesday announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. After the retirement decision, he said that his first Test captain Saurabh Ganguly, along with legendary Indian spinner Anil Kumble, had a great influence on him in cricket as well as life.
Parthiv said goodbye to his 18-year cricket career and said that this is the right time for Gujarat to move forward after becoming a three-time Indian Premier League champion (IPL) in addition to almost all domestic cricket titles. He also said that Kumble and Ganguly were ‘truly leaders’.
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35-year-old Parthiv said in a virtual press conference with select journalists, ‘I always consider Saurabh Ganguly as the leader in terms of people management skills. Saurabh and Anil (Kumble) were great captains. Both of them contribute a lot to what I am today.
He said, ‘I still have the cap of the first Test match which Dada (Ganguly) gave me. Test wins in Headingley (2002) and Adelaide (2003-04) and opening half-centuries in Rawalpindi are my most memorable moments.
He said that he was thinking about retiring for the last one year but this is the best time. He said, ‘After this decision I feel quite at peace and I was able to sleep properly. The eyes of my family members were moist though. I had been contemplating it for a year and after 18 years there was hardly anything left to achieve. ‘
Parthiv said, ‘I won all the domestic tournaments. It also includes three IPL trophies. I think Gujarat cricket is the right place.