Parthiv Ajay Patel is an Indian cricketer, wicketkeeper-batsman, and a member of the Indian national cricket team whose profile is that of a left-handed batsman. Parthiv Patel made his ODI debut against New Zealand in January 2003. He made his Test debut in 2002 in the 2nd Test against England at Nottingham becoming the youngest wicket-keeper in Test history at 17 years. He was selected in the Indian squad for the 2003 Cricket World Cup but did not play any games. He played 13 ODIs in a two year span, and during an interrupted career managed only an average statistic of 14.66 and a top-score of 28 and was dropped thereafter. Parthiv returned to the Indian team in 2010 in the 4th and 5th Odi vs New Zealand.
Parthiv Patel was auctioned in the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) to Chennai Super Kings. He later played with Deccan Chargers. On 16 May, it was announced that Parthiv will be leading the Kochi Tuskers Kerala for the rest of the 2011 Indian Premier League. He was picked by Deccan Chargers in the 2012 season for $650,000.