Former India wicketkeeper-batter Parthiv Patel stated present India Test and ODI captain Virat Kohli took a “pay cut” in his IPL wage for the “larger interest” of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Kohli, on anticipated strains, was the primary participant to be retained by RCB through the IPL retention on Tuesday. But as RCB retained solely three gamers, the very best they may pay Kohli – in keeping with IPL salary-cap guidelines – is 15 crore, which is decrease than his earlier IPL wage of 17 crore.
Parthiv, who has performed rather a lot with Kohli not just for India but additionally for RCB within the IPL, stated the talismanic right-hander wouldn’t have minded a deduction in his IPL wage as it could give his facet some further push through the mega public sale forward of IPL 2022.
“Virat Kohli has taken a pay cut for the larger interest of the team. We all know how good a player he is and how good a leader he is. So he has definitely done this so that RCB can have just that little extra in the auctions,” Parthiv stated on Star Sports through the IPL retention.
Kohli, who has been main RCB for the final 9 editions of the IPL, determined to step down from his submit after this yr’s event. The resolution got here a number of weeks after he had introduced his intentions of not persevering with as India’s T20I captain after the World Cup.
Kohli is likely one of the only a few gamers who has performed for just one franchise ever for the reason that inception of IPL. The India captain was picked up by RCB from the public sale pool within the inaugural version in 2008 after a profitable U19 World Cup, wherein Kohli led India to victory and since then he has been an integral a part of the set-up.
Apart from Kohli, the opposite two gamers to be retained by RCB had been Australia’s Glenn Maxwell for 11 crore and India seamer Mohammed Siraj for 7 crore.
“Virat Kohli, who has been with the team since inception, is retained for INR 15 crores. Glenn Maxwell, who was signed by the team last season, remains with the Bold Brigade with a tag of INR 11 crores. Mohammed Siraj, who has been with team since 2018, will carry on with RCB for a sum of INR 7 crores,” RCB stated in a press release.
Speaking on the event, Prathmesh Mishra, Chairman, RCB stated, “We would like to express our gratitude to all the players who have been part of this great franchise and invested all their efforts for the service of the team. RCB will always remain their home. As we move towards the crucial IPL Mega Auction, we factored multiple combinations while chalking out our retention strategy and will leave no stone unturned with auction strategies to structure one of the most formidable RCB team in the year 2022.”
Mike Hesson, Director of Cricket Operations, RCB stated, “The player retention process has been pretty robust and exhaustive. We’ve got an exceptional bunch of players but the key for us was to ensure we have a sizeable auction purse going into the IPL Mega Auction. We had many good players whom we considered and were happy to retain, but that would have taken away our flexibility from the auction to get a balanced squad. We look to retain as many players during the auction as we build the perfect squad for 2022 and beyond.”
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