new Delhi: After announcing his retirement, Team India wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel said that his first Test captain Sourav Ganguly, along with veteran Indian player Anil Kumble, was ‘Sourav Ganguly’ and the leader in cricket. Apart from this, both these players have had a great influence on them in life too.
The 35-year-old player 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 IPL champion besides almost all domestic cricket titles.
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Earth (Parthiv Patel) Said, ‘I always consider Sourav Ganguly as the leader in terms of people management skills. Sourav and Anil were great captains. He has contributed a lot in making me what I am today.
He said, ‘I still have the cap of the first Test match which Dada (Ganguly) gave me. Test wins at Headingley (2002) and Adelaide (2003-04) and opening half-centuries in Rawalpindi are the most memorable moments for me ‘.
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 felt 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. ‘
Earth (Parthiv Patel) Said, ‘I have won all the domestic tournaments. It also has three IPL trophies. I think Gujarat cricket is the right place ‘.
Playing as a wicket-keeper was not an easy task in the era of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but Parthiv, with his passion for the game, played a key role in making a state like Gujarat a strong team in domestic cricket.
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He said, ‘The Indian team went on a tour of New Zealand in 2009. Before that I had scored 800 runs in Ranji Trophy and scored a century in the final of Duleep Trophy. I did not get a place in the national team then. I thought my career was over. But then I thought of something else and it was a decision to set up a team.