Yuzvendra Chahal’s Departure from RCB: Insights from Former Director Mike Hesson


Mike Hesson, former Director of Cricket for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), sheds light on the surprising release of Yuzvendra Chahal ahead of the IPL 2022 season. The decision to let go of Chahal, a stalwart in the RCB lineup, raised eyebrows among fans and pundits alike. However, Hesson provides context to this move, revealing the intricacies behind the scenes.

In an interview with Cricket.com, Hesson recalls the difficult conversation he had with Chahal, who was understandably upset and disinterested upon learning about his release from the franchise. Despite attempts to explain the auction dynamics, Chahal’s frustration was palpable, a sentiment shared by many loyal RCB supporters.

The mega auction format posed challenges for RCB, with Chahal not featuring in the marquee players list. Hesson discloses that efforts were made to secure Chahal’s return during the auction, alongside Harshal Patel, but the complexities of the bidding process made it a daunting task.

While RCB succeeded in retaining Patel, Chahal found himself in Rajasthan Royals’ camp. To fill the void left by Chahal, RCB acquired the services of Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga, whom Hesson describes as a “three-dimensional” player.

Explaining the rationale behind targeting Hasaranga, Hesson emphasizes the need for versatility in the team composition. With Hasaranga’s prowess in batting, bowling, and fielding, RCB aimed to bolster their squad with a dynamic player capable of making significant contributions on various fronts.

Despite the challenges and complexities involved, Hesson asserts that every decision was thoroughly debated and analyzed, with the team’s best interests at heart. The departure of a player of Chahal’s caliber was undoubtedly a tough call, but RCB remained steadfast in their pursuit of assembling a competitive squad for the IPL 2022 season.

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