Former India cricketer, Parthiv Patel didn’t hold himself back after his now-former IPL franchise. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ‘released’ him after he has retired from all forms of cricket. The buzz for IPL 2021 has initiated as all the franchises on Wednesday have announced their retentions and release players list.
RCB, after finishing fourth in IPL 2020, have released 10 players – 5 foreigners and 5 Indians – ahead of the 2021 IPL auctions. While Dale Steyn has made himself unavailable for the upcoming season, Parthiv Patel has retired from the game last month.
Parthiv Patel seems to be unhappy with being put in the ‘released’ category after having all retired. The 35-year-old took to Twitter to take a dig at the RCB franchise saying that it is an ‘honour’ to be released despite being retired.
“An absolute honour to be released after being retired . … thank you @RCBTweets,” tweeted Parthiv Patel.
The wicket-keeper batsman was part of the Virat Kohli-led franchise for 3 seasons; he did not play a single game last season as Devdutt Padikkal took the opening spot. In 20 matches combined, in 2018 and 2019 season, the left-hander scored 526 runs.
An absolute honour to be released after being retired . … thank you @RCBTweets
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) January 20, 2021
Along with Dale Steyn, the franchise, headed by Mike Hesson and Simon Katich, released a few other overseas big signings: Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali, Isuru Udana. RCB also parted ways with Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann.
RCB were also involved in the trading window; Daniel Sams and Harshal Patel are being roped in from Delhi Capitals.
Parthiv Patel joins Mumbai Indians as a talent scout
Just a day after announcing his retirement on 9th December, Patel joined defending champions Mumbai Indians as a Talent Scout. The Gujarat-born keeper played three seasons for Mumbai Indians – winning the title in 2015 and 2017. In 40 IPL matches with Mumbai, the southpaw has scored 911 runs.
“I had enjoyed my cricket playing for Mumbai Indians, those momentous three years with the champion sides remain etched in my memory. It’s time now to turn a new chapter in my life. ‘
“I am excited, confident, and thankful to the Mumbai Indians management for the opportunity presented to me,” Parthiv Patel said in a release by the five-time IPL-winning franchise MI.