Former India cricketer turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra believes that Royal Challengers Bangalore will buy Yuzvendra Chahal again in the mega auction for IPL 2022 which is all set to take place on 12 and 13 February. Chopra further added that the RCB has taken the right decision by not retaining him and Harshal Patel before the mega auction.
However, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj ahead of the mega auction. Releasing Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal was a surprising step by them as Harshal was the highest wicket-taker in IPL 2022 with 32 wickets from 15 matches. Meanwhile, Chahal was RCB’s second-highest wicket-taker with 18 wickets and showed a brilliant bowling performance in the UAE league of the tournament as well.
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“One more thing is what Harshal and Yuzi want. Yuzi might have said that he wants 10 crores and you as a franchise might not have found that appropriate, and you would buy him back at the auction. You might get back Yuzi Chahal in your team in 6-6.5 crores, Harshal might also come back without spending a lot more. I don’t think it’s that bad a decision,” Aakash Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
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The veteran also backed the decision of the franchise to not retain both these players citing that they will be able to get back both these players for 7-8 crores in the upcoming mega auction as well. “It’s a good question. They would have thought about both of them, but they would have thought whether they can buy them again at 7-8 crores. I think you can buy back both of them for 7-8 crores,” Aakash Chopra concluded.