Former Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel announced his international retirement on Wednesday and the very next day has joined his former IPL franchise Mumbai Indians as a talent scout. He was a part of two title-winning seasons with the franchise (2015, 2017), before moving to Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2018. He was a part of the RCB squad which made it to the IPL 2020 playoffs this year despite losing their last four matches.
Parthiv was excited to patch up with his former IPL team once again. He thanked the franchise owners to forgiving him the opportunity to reunite with his former teammates.
“I had enjoyed my cricket playing for Mumbai Indians, those momentous three years with the champion sides remain etched in my memory. It’s time now to turn a new chapter in my life. I am excited, confident, and thankful to the Mumbai Indians management for the opportunity presented to me,” Parthiv said.
Parthiv Patel Played Every IPL Season Since Its Inception
Parthiv Patel is also among the very few players to have played the IPL every season since its inception in 2008. In 2020 alone, he did not play a single game for the RCB. Mumbai is one of the teams which have brought out some of the best talents from their scouts. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya are examples of the same.
Meanwhile, MI co-owner Akash Ambani welcomed Parthiv back in the mix with Mumbai Indians.
“I am delighted to have Parthiv joining us. We had the opportunity to pick his cricketing brain during his playing days at Mumbai Indians. I am very confident of his contribution to further enhance our scouting system with the depth of cricketing knowledge he possesses. Parthiv understands our ideology, the DNA of Mumbai Indians, and what we are trying to create at MI,” Akash Ambani said.
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