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Rajat Patidar steps into the RCB team in place of the injured Luvnith Sisodia

Rajat Patidar has been signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to replace the injured Luvnith Sisodia for the balance of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season.

Patidar, who plays domestic cricket for Madhya Pradesh, has appeared in 31 T20s and amassed 861 runs with the help of seven half-centuries. The right-handed hitter, who previously represented RCB on four occasions, will join the franchise for a fee of INR 20 lakh.

RCB, who have played two matches this season and won one and lost one, will face the Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on April 5. RCB opened their campaign against PBKS, who were led for the first time by Mayank Agarwal as a regular skipper. RCB lost that game despite hitting 205 runs, including 88 runs from new skipper Faf du Plessis.

His strike was, however, in vain, as the combined efforts of the PBKS hitters propelled them over the line. It’s worth noting that RCB appointed Du Plessis as their regular leader before the season, following the retirement of Virat Kohli. Du Plessis, on the other hand, was acquired by RCB for INR 7 crore after being rejected by CSK during the retention process.

With regards to RCB’s second game, they triumphed over KKR in a low-scoring thriller. However, it remains to be seen how far RCB can progress in this season of the IPL. Their quest for the IPL trophy continues this season as well, and it remains to be seen if they will be able to secure the coveted silverware this time around.

Du Plessis, who narrowly missed out on the Orange Cap the last time around in a close race, will be critical for RCB this time around in securing their maiden trophy.