Parthiv seems to the year of his life and has got the ‘Midas’ touch as everything he as touched has turned to gold. He lifted the Ranji Trophy with his home state Gujarat. He led the side to victory and his captaincy was one of the important reason behind Gujarat’s Ranji trophy triumph. He also won the IPL trophy with the Mumbai Indians where he gave the Men in Blue explosive starts on numerous occasions and ended up being the top run getter for his side with 395 runs in 16 matches at an average of 24.68 and at a strike rate of 134.81.
It would have been a cherry on the top of the cake if he had been selected for the Champions trophy instead of wicket keeper Dinesh Karthik as replacement of injured Manish Pandey. But fate had other ideas. Mumbai Indian created a record by becoming first side to win the IPL title thrice on Sunday at Hyderabad.
The 32 year old has given explosive starts to the Mumbai side alongside Jos Butler in most part of season and then with Lendl Simmons for the remaining part. Opening stands have played a very pivotal role for MI’s journey to the finals.
He briefly summed up his best phase of career and said, “Winning the Ranji trophy is something every player dreams about, especially playing for Gujarat and what we were 10-15 years back. That was brilliant. A Test comeback after 8 years, it was always a dream for me to play one Test before I finish. I’m glad I could make a Test comeback.”
The Wicket-Keeper batsman continued, “Winning the IPL is special. It’s a long tournament. You have to make sure the team stays together for a long time and Rohit and the coaching staff did a fantastic job throughout the season. And, getting runs was important. Every time we had a good opening partnership, we always went on to make big runs. If we start well, it helps the bigger players like Rohit and Pollard to play freely. I’m happy to finish as the highest run-getter for MI but the most important thing was to win the trophy. I’m glad I am part of this (MI) set up.”