Cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal has finally broken his silence on his decision to break ties with Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of this year’s IPL auction. The Indian cricketer also denied allegations from a section of fans who accused him of being greedy.
Chahal, who played 113 matches for RCB and took 139 wickets, said that the IPL team management told him that only three players namely Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammad Siraj were being retained. His name was not included in the list.
According to a Times of India report, Yuzvendra Chahal said, “I have a close relationship with RCB, especially with the fans. I got to play a lot of matches with the team. I am emotionally attached to RCB. I never thought that I would play for any other team. People and fans on social media are still asking me ‘why did you ask for so much money?’ The reality is that Mike Hesson (RCB’s director of cricket) called me and said, ‘Listen Yuji, there are three retentions’ (Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammad Siraj).”
The Indian spinner added, “They didn’t ask me if I wanted to retain or didn’t want to tell me if they wanted to retain me. They only talked about three retentions and I was told, “We will go to the auction for you. Neither I was asked about money nor did I get any offer. But I will always be loyal to my Bangalore fans. I love them dearly no matter what.”
Chahal will represent Rajasthan Royals in the 15th edition of IPL. Rajasthan Royals will play their first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday. There are 10 teams in this year’s IPL after Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants were added as two new teams. Lucknow Super Giants lost their first match against Gujarat on Monday.