Yuzvendra Chahal was not retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2022 retentions. They decided to retain Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj as their three retentions. In the process, the franchise released Chahal and Harshal Patel. The franchise used up 33 crores from the allotted 90 for the three players. They have a remaining sum of 57 crores for the IPL 2022 mega auction.
Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal has reacted to his axe from RCB after the franchise announced its list of retained players. Kohli was paid 15 crores, Maxwell 11 and Siraj 7 crores on being retained.
“Thank you for everything @RCBTweets” tweeted Chchal 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.
Yuzvendra Chahal Took 139 Wickets For RCB
Thank you for everything @RCBTweets
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) November 30, 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.
Speaking after being retained by RCB on expected lines, Kohli said:
“When I was contacted, I didn’t have any second thoughts at all. I believe the best is yet to come, I have a good feeling about what’s to come from the next season onwards. Committed as an RCBian. I could not be more thankful. I’ll be there with my heart and soul for RCB as always.”
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.