Veteran Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel and former Australian cricketer Dean Jones have been at loggerheads with each other for quite a while now. It all started when Jones questioned the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise for retaining Parthiv Patel for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) season. Since then, the two have been leaving no chance of poking fun at each other. Amidst the continuous online banter, the two share a good friendship as both have worked together as cricket experts for the official broadcasters of Indian cricket.
Dean Jones celebrated his 59th birthday on Tuesday. Among the many birthday wishes he received, he also got one from his ‘frenemy’ Parthiv Patel. Patel hilariously poked fun at Dean Jones’ growing age by uploading a photo. In response, Jones comically lied about his age by claiming he turned 52 and not 59.
Just remember bud... I am 52.. 😜 and I have a full head of hair! Let’s talk when you tech the same age! Love ya bud! 😃 https://t.co/CyZNswHkMe— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) March 24, 2020
During the IPL 2020 trading window, RCB retained Parthiv Patel for ₹1.7 crore. The cricketer has been part of the RCB side since IPL 2018 and is expected to continue reprising his role as the primary wicketkeeper-batsman of the star-studded line-up. While RCB were slated to commence their IPL 2020 campaign with a match against Kolkata Knight Riders on March 31, the fans of the franchise may have to wait a while longer to see their favourite stars in action. In wake of the ongoing worldwide crisis caused by the highly-contagious coronavirus pandemic, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently postponed IPL 2020 until further notice.