Retired Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag claimed that his former teammate Parthiv Patel did not need Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to qualify for the playoffs. Patel had acquired a little bit of a stick on social media after apparently claiming that Bengaluru would not qualify for the playoffs.
But the 37-year-old was on the Wankhede Stadium supporting Mumbai Indians (MI) throughout their encounter in opposition to the Delhi Capitals (DC), regardless of understanding that the Royal Challengers would qualify if MI gained.
Speaking to Cricbuzz, Sehwag pulled Patel’s leg throughout with a light-hearted piece of banter by saying that the previous wicketkeeper-batter did not need MI to win in order that Bengaluru would qualify for the playoffs. He stated:
“If it had been in his (Patel’s) hands, he wouldn’t have gone to the stadium. Because he didn’t want RCB to qualify! (laughs). He just went there because there were orders sent to him that they want to question him about something.”
“I had RCB in the second position from the beginning”- Parthiv Patel
Parthiv Patel claimed that he acquired pointless criticism when the Royal Challengers certified for the IPL 2022 playoffs. The 37-year-old said that Bengaluru have been all the time on his record for the playoffs spots and he went to the stadium to assist each his former groups.
On this, Patel stated:
“You can check my reels of this season. I had RCB in the second position from the beginning. There are so many wrong blames put on me that I don’t want them to reach playoffs. I had even posted on Instagram with an MI jersey but also with a red mask supporting them.”
Sehwag believes Bengaluru did not play poor cricket to get knocked out within the Eliminator for 2 years in a row. He simply felt that the opposition used to get a little bit of confidence once they performed the Royal Challengers. He added:
“RCB don’t play badly in the Eleminator. They try their best but the opposition’s self confidence increases immensely when they come to know that they are playing them.”
Faf du Plessis and his males will now have to win three video games on the bounce to lastly win that elusive maiden IPL title.