Following the death of his sister, Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Harshal Patel has departed the IPL bio-bubble. Harshal left the bubble after learning of a family tragedy just after the game against Mumbai Indians, according to PTI.
Harshal has been RCB’s standout performer in recent seasons, taking two wickets in the team’s seven-wicket win over MI on Saturday night.
“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,” said an IPL source.
“He will be rejoining the bubble before the next game against CSK on April 12,” the source added.
After making his debut last year, the 31-year-old appeared in eight T20Is. Harshal Patel became the second bowler in IPL history to bowl two maidens in a single game, following Mohammad Siraj. On Wednesday, he accomplished the milestone in an IPL 2022 encounter at the DY Patil Stadium against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Since his debut in the IPL in 2012, Harshal Patel has taken 84 wickets in 67 outings. In 2021, he had his breakthrough year, taking 32 wickets at an average of 14.34 to earn the purple cap. With 19 wickets in the last IPL, he was also the leading wicket-taker in the death overs.
Representing RCB Harshal has played four matches in the IPL season 2022. The first match was against Punjab Kings followed by KKR, RR, and MI. Overall taking 6 wickets conceding 88 runs in 16 overs in the overall 4 matches he played in the 2022 season.
The next RCB is going to face Chennai Super Kings at the D.Y. Patil Stadium on 12th April, Tuesday.