When wicketkeeper batsman Smit Patel won the U-19 Cricket World Cup title in 2012, he had the world at his feet. Little did he imagine that he would move to Tripura from his native Gujarat to save his cricketing caree. Fast forward to four years, the Gujarat-born wicketkeeper-batsman did exactly that. You question why he decided to move to the country’s eastern shores, pat comes the reply because of ‘better opportunities available at Agartala’.
However if one goes through the Gujarat team, the name of Parthiv Patel comes up. The 31-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman is still going strong and is he the real reason behind Smit Patel’s move? However the youngster stresses the reason behind joining Tripura is purely based on growth.
‘Actually, I wasn’t getting to keep the wickets and I thought this was the right time for me to move out and bag this opportunity to establish myself in the circuit. I think it is a nice opportunity to be in a team that is growing. Performing well for the team and getting the team to the top will be huge responsibility,’ said Patel.
Patel who last played for Gujarat against Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2015. Since his First-Class debut in November 2012, Patel has played only 21 matches. However, playing for India is his dream and he hopes to put up a stellar show in the domestic circuit this season.
‘I am just aiming to perform my best in the Ranji Trophy and other tournaments. Anything can happen. I am talented enough to make it to the Indian team but I have to prove it by performance, which i am working hard on.’
Yet to make his Indian Premier league debut, Patel however is optimistic about the future. ‘I want to play everything. I want to be a part of the IPL. Playing in the IPL is important. It gives a player a good platform to showcase his talent and hope to play for India.’