Yuzvendra Chahal recently expressed his disappointment after not being retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ahead of the 2022 IPL mega auction, ending his eight-year stint with the team. In an interview on YouTuber Ranveer Allahbadiya’s podcast, Chahal opened up about his feelings towards the situation.
“Definitely, I felt very sad. My journey started with RCB. I spent eight years with them. RCB gave me a chance, and I got an India cap because of them,” Chahal shared.
“From the very first match, Virat bhaiya showed me trust. So, it felt bad because it almost feels like family when you spend eight years with a team,” he continued.
Chahal expressed frustration over the lack of communication from the RCB management regarding their decision not to retain him. He also addressed rumors about him asking for a large sum of money, clarifying that there was no truth to those speculations. He believed he deserved a fair deal and expressed disappointment that no discussion or phone call was made before the auction.
“I had played 114 matches for them. In the auction, they promised me that they would go all-out for me. I said, ‘fine.’ When I wasn’t picked there, I was very angry. I gave them eight years. Chinnaswamy was my favorite ground. I didn’t talk to RCB coaches. The first match I played against them, I didn’t talk to anyone,” Chahal added.
However, Chahal acknowledged the unpredictable nature of the auction and eventually made peace with what transpired. He joined the Rajasthan Royals (RR) and felt that his stint with them allowed him to grow as a cricketer. He embraced the situation, believing that everything happens for a reason.
“I realize the auction is a very unpredictable place. So, I made peace with the fact that whatever happens, happens for good. At RR, I started bowling at the death. Often, my quota would be completed before 16 overs in RCB. So, I think I grew as a cricketer in RR as well. So, whatever happened, happened for good,” said Chahal, reflecting on his journey.