Bangalore: Kochi Tuskers Kerala's wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel is a happy man. Not because of his team's or his own show on the cricket field, but due to a special reason off it. Parthiv took time off from his Indian Premier League schedule to rush to his hometown Ahmedabad on Friday and hold his new-born baby girl.
On the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya, it was a truly memorable day for him and his wife Avani. "I am delighted. It's the biggest news I have ever received. No cricketing achievement even comes remotely close to this. It's a special feeling to be a proud father," Parthiv said. Over the last few months, Parthiv's fortunes on the field have been turning for the better, too.
After being largely ignored for national selection for more than six years, Parthiv again got a chance to play for India last year when MS Dhoni was rested for the ODI series against New Zealand. Parthiv then played in four ODIs, including two in South Africa, and scored two half-centuries besides a battling 38 on a demanding Centurion wicket.