Parthiv Patel’s tweet after he was named in the released players’ list by Royal Challengers Bangalore post the IPL retentions did not go down well with the fans.
The IPL franchises announced a list of retained and released players on Wednesday, kickstarting the journey towards the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) January 20, 2021
Like every other franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore put out their list of retained players and had Parthiv, who had announced his decision to retire from all formats of the game last month, in the list of released players.
It apparently did not go down well with the former Indian wicketkeeper batsman. He tweeted that it was “an absolute honour to be released after being retired”, tagging the RCB Twitter handle too, in what seemed like a dig at the franchise. Parthiv had, in fact, been signed up by Mumbai Indians, for whom he featured in two of their five title wins (in 2015 and 2017), as a talent scout a day after his retirement announcement.
An absolute honour to be released after being retired . … thank you @RCBTweets
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) January 20, 2021
“Parthiv brings a vast domestic and international cricketing experience spanning over two decades, along with an understanding of the fast-paced IPL competition,” the MI statement had read at the time.
Parthiv’s tweet did not go down well with a section of fans who questioned his comment. given that even Shane Watson and Lasith Malinga, who were similarly placed after their respective retirements, were named in the released players’ list by Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians respectively.
What do you mean Parthiv? You’ll obviously come under release bracket. Even Shane Watson and Lasith Malinga came under released list, there’s no separate list for retired players.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 21, 2021
Not needed at all but u know agenda>>> https://t.co/IVt6DQTRoz
— NoOne (@stranger1320) January 21, 2021
What does retirement has to do with being released? 🤔🤔
Does he mean they should show him some sympathy and keep him since he’s retired now?? https://t.co/frxbnuGLI1
— Rishi (@RadtheRedman) January 21, 2021
Bro even Malinga and Watson were released by their respective franchise. https://t.co/FH9wb0wij9
— Aas ❤️ (@Aas1307) January 21, 2021
Take it easy PP. Same happened with Malinga and Watson. Think about Bhajji who is still hopeful for an India return. xD https://t.co/zCqSbvoFkZ
— Abhishek (@abhishekr2502) January 21, 2021
Every retired Indian player turns into salty old man. https://t.co/i3XZXM5nPH
— Long May We Reign (@WeBleedBlue007) January 21, 2021
Jeez. Some next level shit between PP and RCB. Could have handled it better. https://t.co/6wycqNiiE5
— Tracer Bullet (@ravimaestri) January 21, 2021
On their part, the RCB website had put out in their statement that Parthiv’s omission was owing to his retirement. “Parthiv Patel, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket is the other obvious emission from the squad.”
They also put out a tweet thanking Parthiv for his contributions to the team.
Thank You @parthiv9
Parthiv Patel showed us how important it is to work hard regardless of the stage you perform. We said it when you retired, we’re saying it again: It was a pleasure having you at RCB, Parthiv. 🙌❤️#PlayBold #ThankYouParthiv pic.twitter.com/wcydi30q2O
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) January 21, 2021