|Height:||165 cm (5' 5'')|
|Birth Day:||May 8, 1989|
|Height:||165 cm (5' 5'')|
Indian pitcher who, along with Rinku Singh, became the first Indian ever to sign a contract with a major American sports team, signing with the MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008. He got the opportunity as a result of winning the Indian reality show The Million Dollar Arm.
He got his start training in the javelin throw at age 14. He later won a gold medal in the event at the 2006 National School Games in Pune.
Due to extreme poverty and inability to meet the expenses of raising a child, Patel's parents had left him to be raised by his maternal grandmother in Khanpur, a village of Varanasi district. At the age of 14, he started visiting Sampurnanand Stadium in Sigra where he met athletes and trained himself to play field hockey. In 2004, he was selected for a regional sports hostel in Lucknow. Patel won a gold medal in field hockey at the National School Games at Pune in 2006.
Patel, along with Singh, tried out in front of scouts from 20 Major League Baseball teams in November 2008, reaching 90 miles per hour throwing a baseball. Reports from Pittsburgh Pirates scouts Joe Ferrone and Sean Campbell led to general manager Neal Huntington signing both to contracts with the organization. With the deal, the pair became the first Indians to sign American major league baseball contracts. The total signing bonus for the two was $8,000. After training, the two returned to visit their families in India before entering Pirates training camp in Bradenton, Florida.
Patel, along with Singh, played for the Pirates' Gulf Coast League team. He had a successful, yet brief, 2009 season for the Pirates, picking up a victory on 13 August (exactly one month after his countryman Singh got his first, and only, win of the year) and finishing with a 1–0 record and 1.42 earned run average, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks in 6⁄3 innings, holding opposing batters to a .192 batting average in six relief appearances. Patel's 2010 season was less successful, with an 8.59 earned run average in 7⁄3 innings, over nine games; he was released in December 2010. He played errorless defense over the two seasons.
Patel returned home to finish school. He also taught baseball in Delhi, and in 2011 he helped his village boys prepare for the second season of the Million Dollar Arm talent hunt for about two months, without charge. After his return, Patel also practiced the javelin throw. Patel participated at the national athletics championship in Kolkata in 2011 and the Federation Cup athletics championship in April 2012. In 2012, Patel said,
Dinesh was raised primarily by his maternal grandmother due to the fact that his parents could not afford to raise him.
Currently, Dinesh Patel is 32 years, 5 months and 13 days old. Dinesh Patel will celebrate 33rd birthday on a Sunday 8th of May 2022. Below we countdown to Dinesh Patel upcoming birthday.