Parthiv Patel with MS Dhoni

Parthiv Patel shocked cricket lovers all across the country earlier today by sharing the news of his retirement. The 35-year-old wicket-keeping batsman bid adieu to his 18-year career as he retired from all forms of the game.

In a long note shared by the player himself on Twitter, Patel expressed gratitude to the BCCI, Sourav Ganguly, who was his first captain, and the Gujarat Cricket Association for giving him the opportunity to represent India.

Twitter reacted immediately to the news and many posted how Parthiv had inspired them in the 90s when he was selected for the Indian squad at the age of 17.

Other users wished him luck for the second innings of his life.

Virender Sehwag shared an old picture to congratulate the younger player on a “good career”. He wrote: “Your determination to continue to work hard and dream big despite many challenges was fantastic and I wish the best for you in the future. Happy retirement Nikke !”

Mumbai Indians, which has been the IPL home for Parthiv for a couple of seasons, also wished the cricketer a happy retirement.

Parthiv was also part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. The official Twitter handle of the team also shared a video as a tribute to the great cricketer. The post said: “[Parthiv Patel] showed us how important it is to have a strong character and work hard”.

Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also tweeted his support to his former Team India teammate. He said: “I totally enjoyed playing with and against you over the years and wish you the best for whatever you take up next.”

Former cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra urged Parthiv to “keep rocking” in this new innings.

Former India bowler RP Singh left a long note for Parthiv. He said any youngster who was looking forward to playing in the Test formats should look up to Parthiv. He also wrote: “The legacy which you are leaving behind in Gujarat cricket will forever be remembered. It was great playing with you Captain. Keep inspiring the younger generations and showing them how age (young and old) is just a number.”

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