“Why Did You Let Him Go?”: Shane Watson Tears Into RCB Over Decision To Release Yuzvendra Chahal

Former RR, RCB and CSK star Shane Watson criticised the Bengaluru franchise for their decision to release spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

Once one of the pillars in the Royal Challengers Bengaluru team, Yuzvendra Chahal as now weaving his magic for Rajsthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. With a brilliant 3-wicket-haul for the Royals against Mumbai Indians on Saturday, Chahal once again proved his worth in the shortest format of the game. While the match was between RR and MI, former Rajasthan star Shane Watson sent a blunt message to Royal Challengers Bengaluru, his and Chahal’s former team, on the spinner’s release.

Chahal was released by the Bengaluru franchise after the IPL 2021 season and was roped in by the Rajasthan side. He has since cemente his place in the RR roster, emerging as a consitent partnership-breaker for his team.

“Yuzvendra Chahal has done it a long period of time in the IPL in international cricket as well. Chahal does not go for many runs and he gets the best batters out. He continues to do it game after game, year after year and Rajasthan Royals are so fortunate to have him,” Shane Watson said on Jio Cinema.

“Today he picked the big wicket of Hardik Pandya which was in the crucial moment of the game. Yuzi Chahal came out in the top once again. I keep saying this – RCB, why the hell did you let him go,” Watson further said.

In a chat show, Chahal had opened up on his heartbreaking exit from the Royal Challengers, saying the franchise had promised they would go all-out for him in the auction but didn’t even land a single bid.

“When I put my name up for the auction, they promised me that they would go all out for me. I said okay, but then I was very angry [He was not picked by RCB]. I think I did not speak to the coaches for 2-3 days. Even when I played my first match for RR against RCB, I did not speak to anyone,” Chahal had said on Ranveer Allahbadia’s show on YouTube.

“Definitely, I felt very bad. My main journey started [from there] in 2014. I also felt very weird because I played for the franchise for eight years. I would also say that I got the India cap because of my performances for RCB because they gave me a chance to perform. From the very first match, Virat [Kohli] bhai showed trust in me. It feels bad because I had been there for eight years,” Chahal had said a few months ago.

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