Ahmedabad: Youngest international cricketer Parthiv Patel announced his graduation to adulthood by paying from his pocket for a sumptuous treat he gave his teammates in a South African restaurant on his 18th birthday on Sunday.The city-bred baby-faced cricketer was over the moon for having crossed the 18-year barrier as he could now have a driving license and an election card, family sources said on Monday.Parthiv's proud mother Nisha told that the family had called up their son to give him their blessings.
"We sang him his birthday song over telephone and wished him the best in life and for India's crucial matches ahead in the World Cup," his mother said."He told us that he cut a cake and treated his teammates to dinner," she said.Her son was happy to be just with the team for the World Cup as he is yet to get a look-in in the premier event and preferred to wait for his turn patiently.
However, one dilemma that the Patel family is facing is that their cricketer son might lose out on education as he might not be able to appear for his 12th standard board exams starting on March 25."We will inform the concerned education officials to consider his case as an exception and that Parthiv would appear for exams after returning from the tournament," his mother said.But exams seem to be last on Parthiv's priorities list as he said he was too engrossed with the World Cup and could hardly spare any time for studies. PTI