Former Indian wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel, who announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on Wednesday, has joined the IPL 2020 champions Mumbai Indians as the talent scout.
Parthiv Patel was the part of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League but due to the presence of Aaron Finch and Josh Philippe like players, he didn’t get a chance of playing, even in a single game. Though he played plenty of matches for RCB in 2019, accumulating a good number of runs.
The 35-year-old Gujarat batsman has played for the Mumbai Indians in the past and been a two-time champion with the franchise in 2015 and 2017. He is delighted to join the franchise once again but in a different role. He also thanked the franchise for this opportunity.
“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,” the southpaw said according to Cricbuzz.
Akash Ambani Welcomes Parthiv Patel to The MI Family
Franchise owner Akash Ambani looked excited with the addition of the 35-year-old to Mumbai Indians support staff. Akash Ambani feels that Parthiv Patel, with his cricketing brain, will put all his efforts into finding talent across the country.
“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 said.
Notably, Mumbai Indians, led by Rohit Sharma are the most successful franchise in the Indian Premier League and have won five titles in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020.