Just hours after guiding Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a seven-wicket victory against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, fast bowler Harshal Patel has left the IPL bio-bubble following the tragic death of his sister.
According to reports, Harshal exited the bubble after getting to know about the catastrophe in the family right after the game against MI at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Saturday.
“Unfortunately, Harshal had to leave the bio-bubble due to a death in his family. It was his sister. He did not take the team bus back to Mumbai from Pune,” PTI reported quoting an IPL source.
“He will be rejoining the bubble before the next game against CSK on April 12,” the source added.
Notably, the Gujarat cricketer has been a consistent performer for the Challengers in the last couple of seasons. He was the highest wicket-taker in the previous edition of the cash-rich league. During the game against five-time champions MI, Harshal picked up a couple of wickets while conceded only 23 runs as RCB restricted MI to 151/6.
The Challengers then chased down the target in 18.3 overs to register their third victory and hand Mumbai their fourth consecutive loss in the fifteenth season of the lucrative league. Opener Anuj Rawat starred with the bat and he was well supported by former skipper Virat Kohli.
Rawat made 66 off 47 deliveries with the help of 2 fours and 6 sixes, while Kohli scored 48 from 36 balls, including five boundaries.