File image by Harshal Patel© BCCI
Following the release of Harshal Patel from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the 33-year-old pacer said he has nothing but gratitude for the franchise. Harshal took to his official Instagram account and said that the last three years with the Bangalore-based franchise have been incredible for him. He also thanked everyone for being by his side during the tough times.
“I would like to share some special memories I have had with @royalchallengersbangalore. The last three years have been an incredible journey for me. I would like to thank everyone in the team who has supported me through thick and thin. As I move forward, I have nothing but gratitude in my heart,” he wrote on Instagram.
In the 2023 season of the IPL, Patel scalped 14 wickets at an economy rate of 9.66. However, his best season in the tournament came in 2021, when he took 32 wickets from 15 matches and also lifted the Purple Cap.
Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood and Indian pacer Harshal Patel are among the players released by RCB ahead of the IPL 2024.
Released players from RCB: Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Wayne Parnell, David Willey, Sonu Yadav, Avinash Singh, Siddharth Kaul and Kedar Jadhav.
Retained players: Faf Du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Will Jacks, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Siraj.
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