There have been a lot of talks going on about why Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) didn’t retain Harshal Patel for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
The Bangalore based franchise cricket team ahead of the IPL auction retained these three players namely Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj, but the Purple Cap winner of 2021 had no name on the list for retention.
The 31-year-old Indian cricketer took 32 wickets and ended his IPL 2021 season being the joint-highest wicket-taker in a single season that also involves the name of Dwayne Bravo of Chennai Super Kings. The former captain of the West Indies Cricket Team had made this record in 2013.
The pacer in a current interview with Crictracker talked about the reason why he wasn’t retained by RCB and what was he explained by the Director of Cricket of RCB, Mike Hesson for not involving his name in the retention. “When I was not retained, Mike Hesson called me and said, that it was mainly purse management,” told Harshal.
The player also told that he desire to play again for the franchise, reminiscing the 2021 season that encouraged him to crack into the side of the Indian T20 and altered his professional life positively. “I too would obviously would love to go back and play for the team because RCB and this season (2021) changed my entire career and entire life,” said Harshal Patel. The player also further added that he hasn’t heard from any franchise yet.