After the list of released and retained players of all the franchises have come out, the countdown for the upcoming 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction has started which will take place in December. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have released as many as 12 players from their previous squad. However, they decided to retain 13 players which included wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel.
This move from Royal Challengers Bangalore was unexpected and their decision of retaining the veteran India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel made many surprised at the same time. However, along with him, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli have also been retained for the IPL 2020. Meanwhile, former Australian cricketer and commentator Dean Jones was also surprised by the RCB’s move.
Parthiv Patel was retained by the RCB on the back of his brilliant performance in the last season where the scored 373 runs at the top of the order. Meanwhile, Dean Jones was not happy with this move to retain him and questioned the RCB’s decision while trying to take a dig at the former Indian keeper on the social media.
He took to Twitter and asked Mike Hesson – RCB’s Director of Cricket Operations, “You kept @parthiv9?” with a smiling emoji.
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) November 16, 2019
However, he got a fitting reply from Parthiv in no time, as he was pretty quick to reply to the jibe by the Australian on Twitter. Parthiv replied: “So that u can be at peace during ipl in #selectdugout”
So that u can be at peace during ipl in #selectdugout ….
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) November 16, 2019
Meanwhile, the 12 players who have released by the RCB are Dale Steyn, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetymer, Akshdeep Nath, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Prayas Ray Barman, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Himmat Singh, Heinrich Klaasen, and Milind Kumar.
The players who have retained by RCB are Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Mann, Devdutt Padikkal, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini.
They have Rs 27.90 crore remaining in their purse for the upcoming auction.