Parthiv Patel who had started his international cricketing career as a teenager back in 2002 could not consolidate his place in the Indian squad after 2004. The wicket-keeper batsman had to wait for his chances once MS Dhoni had announced his arrival on the big stage and set a benchmark for himself. When it comes to Patel's IPL career, he has been associated with six teams since the inception of the tournament and has been representing the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) since the 2018 edition. Meanwhile, Parthiv Patel had the last laugh over Dean Jones who had questioned RCB's move of retaining him.
Parthiv Patel was one of the positives for RCB in the previous edition where they yet again failed to go past the league stages. He was rewarded for his performance as the Bangalore franchise has decided to retain him. The news was confirmed by Mike Hesson, who is the newly appointed Director of Cricket Operations of RCB.
After coming to know that the three-time finalists have decided to retain the southpaw, cricketer-turned-commentator Dean Jones came forward and wondered what was the reason behind RCB retaining Patel.
However, the Gujarat cricketer was not the one to back out and he seemingly ended this conversation with a befitting reply.
Parthiv Patel has been associated with six different teams since 2008. He was a part of Chennai Super Kings for the first three seasons after which he was roped in by Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011 and Deccan Chargers in the following year (both defunct). In 2013, he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad during their very first year as an IPL franchise. Before the 2018 season, Parthiv was a part of the RCB squad in 2014. He was also a member of the Mumbai Indians squad during their triumphs in the 2015 and 2017 seasons respectively. This will be his third straight stint with the Virat Kohli-led side.