Yuzvendra Chahal was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore at the IPL 2022 retentions ahead of the mega auctions. Virat Kohli, Mohammed Siraj and Glenn Maxwell were retained by the franchise. RCB have a sum of 57 crores remaining in their purse for the remaining auction.
“Thank you for everything @RCBTweets” tweeted Chahal who finally parted ways with RCB after playing for them from 2014-2021. He was their most successful bowler taking 139 wickets or the franchise. Chahal is the only RCB bowler to claim 100+ IPL wickets.
In response to Chahal’s tweet. the RCB Twitter handle responded saying ” “We love you, Yuzi. You’re an RCBian for life. We hope to see you back in RCB colors at the soonest.”
Yuzvendra Chahal Took 139 Wickets For RCB
— Epic Cricket Comments (@CricketEpic) December 1, 2021
Meanwhile, former skipper Virat Kohli was retained by 15 crores. He was paid 17 crores last year and the former skipper took a pay cut for the greater good of the franchise. Maxwell’s retention was very much seen as a replacement for AB De Villiers who retired from all forms of cricket last month.
It will be interesting to see if the Royal Challengers Bangalore by their released leg-spinning star back at the IPL Mega Auction 2022.
Having retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj, RCB will head into the #IPL2022 Auction with a purse of 57 Crores. 💪🏼#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IPLRetention pic.twitter.com/KzRhBwnIqq
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 30, 2021
RCB’s Director of Cricket Mike Hesson also reacted to Virat Kohli’s retention saying that he is the rock of the franchise.
“Obviously, he is the rock at the top of the order. High volume of runs, plays all bowlers well and scores all around the wicket. He knows Chinnaswamy well and we are really happy to be back at Chinnaswamy this season. Kohli is an icon in terms of RCB and a key player for us. Even though he is not captain, he will still be a leader within the group” Hesson said.