Patel started arena candid for his academy in 1996, moulding his appearance of Ian Healy and Adam Gilchrist, he was called for Gujarat U-14s in 1998 . Patel aboriginal bent the eyes of candid journalists in December 2000 back arena for Gujarat U-16s in the West Zone alliance adjoin Maharashtra, back as a wicket-keeper and an aperture batsman he denticulate centuries in both innings of the match, with 101 (of 196) and 201 not out (of 297) afterwards actuality affected to chase on to save the match. He was afterwards called as the captain of West Zone U-19s at the age of 15, arch them in a bout adjoin the England U-19s. He was afterwards called to the Indian U-19s, actuality accomplished by Roger Binny whilst accessory Vidya Nagar High School. He led the civic U-17 ancillary to achievement in the 2001 Asia Cup, and was awarded a six-week scholarship to the Australian Candid Academy in Adelaide and was again called the U-19 captain for the 2002 World Cup in New Zealand. He was again called in the 2002 India A aggregation to bout South Africa aloof canicule afterwards his seventeenth altogether accomplished by Yashpal Sharma admitting accepting never represented Gujarat at chief akin in the Ranji Trophy. He was again called as the additional wicket-keeper abaft Ajay Ratra for the chief Indian team's bout to England
He fabricated his Test admission in 2002 in the 2nd Test adjoin England at Nottingham afterwards Ratra was injured, acceptable the youngest wicket-keeper in Test history at 17 years 152 days, eclipsing the antecedent almanac of Pakistan's Hanif Mohammad (which stood at 17 years 300 canicule back 1952), admitting still not accepting played in any calm capital matches He was absolved for a avoid in the aboriginal innings but batted for over an hour on the aftermost day to advice anticipate an English victory.
In aboriginal 2006, Patel was recalled for the bout of Pakistan as the assets wicketkeeper for Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but did not play