Surat/Ahmedabad: Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) on Monday congratulated wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel for achieving yet another milestone in his carrier by becoming first player from the state to have played 100 Ranji Trophy matches.
Parthiv, who was leading Gujarat Ranji Team since 2006, completed his 100th Ranji cap on Monday while facing Vidarbha in a Round 7 fixture of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 being played at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium, Surat.
Born on March 9, 1985, the wicketkeeper-batsman debuted in the year 2002 against England at Trent Bridge at 17 years and 153 days to become Test Cricket's youngest wicketkeeper breaking the previous record held by Pakistan's Hanif Mohammed (17 years and 300 days).
He holds the record of being first Gujarat player to play for India and in World Cup as well in the IPL. Under his captaincy, Gujarat had achieved the feat of first every Ranji title win in January 2017. He has also made state victorious in Vijay Hazari Tropy and Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Notably, Parthiv also has a unique distinction to his name as he made debut in Team India earlier than playing his first Ranji Trophy match. He was selected in Team India for the first time in 2002 but started playing first class match from 2004. He was made captain of Gujarat team in 2006 and is continuously leading it since then.
He has so far in the Ranji matches made over 6000 runs and made 300 dismissals as wicket-keeper including around 250 catches.He has played 190 first class matches. He has played 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and 2 T20 matches for team India.(UNI)