New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel, on Thursday (22), announced his international retirement on the same day his former national and state teammate Luke Ronchi brought down curtains on his international career too.
The 37-year-old, who made his New Zealand debut in a One-Day International against Zimbabwe in 2005, is currently playing for English county, Warwickshire.
The left-arm spinner’s final international appearance came during New Zealand’s ODI defeat to Bangladesh in Dublin last month. He was in the Champions Trophy squad but did not play a single game, as he ended his international career with 24 Tests and 43 ODIs, taking 65 and 49 wickets in both the formats, respectively.
Patel’s New Zealand career looked as good as over when he turned down a West Indies tour spot to play for Warwickshire in England. However, his international career got an unexpected boost when he received a surprise call from the selectors to replace the injured Craig during New Zealand’s tour of India last year. He made an immediate impact, taking a couple of wickets in the first innings before scoring 47 in the Kolkata Test. He was ignored for the series against Pakistan and Bangladesh but was recalled for the three-Test series against South Africa and justified his selection by finishing the series as New Zealand’s leading wicket-taker.
The final Test of the series in Hamilton where South Africa managed to escape with a draw due to rain was Patel’s final Test appearance.
The off-spinner, who was named one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year in 2015, intends to continue representing Wellington in domestic cricket.