Parthiv Patel Introduction
India’s baby-faced ‘forever young’ assassin, Parthiv Patel has been a very handy cricketer for the team whenever he has been called upon to deliver. The once prodigy, however, had to battle it out against some of the very best in the business.
Had it not been for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s meteoric rise in the India National Cricket Team in the 2000s, the pocket dynamo might have had a brighter career to boast of. He has spent the majority of his days playing second fiddle but has not given up at any stage of his career.
Parthiv Patel batting and fielding averages
Parthiv Patel Bowling Averages
Parthiv Patel Early Life
- Parthiv Patel was born in 9th March 1985 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
- Parthiv’s father’s name is Ajay Patel. His sister’s name is Kinjal.
- He started his cricketing journey with the Gujarat team.
- He made his first-class debut against Haryana in 2000.
- The first time he failed to read a bouncer was when he was 14 years of age, standing up to a spinner. During that time, he was attending camps at Jamnagar.
- He also bought his first wicket-keeping gloves when he was 14 years of age. Those were SG Tournament gloves, which then cost INR 700.
- Since the day he has started wicket-keeping, legendary Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist has been his inspiration.
- Parthiv first made Adam Gilchrist in 2003, when India played against Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Gilchrist gave him many good advices.
- Parthiv married his childhood friend Avni Zaveri on 9th March, 2008, which was also his birthday. Mrs Patel is an interior designer. Parthiv has a daughter named Venika.
- He has played for six IPL teams – Chennai Super Kings, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and most recently, Royal Challengers Bangalore.
- In 2003, Parthiv was fooled by the pranksters of the popular TV show MTV Bakra. He was tricked into doing push ups in front of staged policemen, and also pay INR 4,000 as fine for breaking traffic rules.
Parthiv Patel International Career
- Parthiv Patel made his international debut when he was just 17 years and 153 days. He played in a Test match against England at Trent Bridge.
- He became Test cricket’s youngest ever wicket-keeper. Previously, the record belonged to Hanif Mohammad, who made his debut when he was 17 years and 300 days old.
- Parthiv Patel lead the Indian team in the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century Awards, in London. Because he was so young at that time, many though him to be the mascot of the team, and not a cricketer.
- He made his ODI debut in 2003. It was against New Zealand in Queensland.
- Because of recurring mistakes behind the stumps, Patel was dropped from the team in 2004. This was the time when Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik came into the picture and stole the limelight from Patel.
- It took him four years to make a comeback in the Indian Test side. It was against Sri Lanka in August 2008. He scored only 14 runs in the match.
- After that failure, he has dropped yet again. Patel made another comeback after a couple of years. This time, he featured in the ODI series against New Zealand.
- His comeback was grand this time, as he scored two half-centuries on the trot. He was also impressive in the ODI series against England after that.
- Once again, consistency went missing as Patel’s form dipped. He was dropped for the team for the upcoming series against Australia.
- Back in 2016, Patel got an unlikely call up from BCCI, because Wriddhiman Saha had suffered an injury. He made a comeback against England. He scored 67 runs from just 54 balls, which helped India win the game.
- Between 2008 to 2016, he missed 83 Tests. It is the 10th highest number of consecutive matches to be missed by any player of any team.
- Parthiv once was involved in an ugly spat with Steve Waugh. The Australian asked Patel to show respect, for he was in his ‘nappies’ when Waugh started playing cricket.
Parthiv Patel Achievements
- Under his captaincy, Gujarat won the Vijay Hazare trophy in 2015.
- He became the youngest wicket-keeper Test cricket has ever seen.
- He is the only Indian cricketer to have scored five centuries in five consecutive first-class matches.
- He was Mumbai Indians’ fourth-highest run-scorer in their IPL winning campaign of 2015. He scored 339 runs.