Harshal Patel reveals Virat Kohli’s SMS message after RCB paid INR 10.75 crore for him
Harshal Patel rose to prominence after taking 17 wickets in 15 games for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2015 Indian Premier League. However, following the 2015 season, he only appeared in 18 games until 2020, when he played for the Delhi Capitals from 2018 to 2020. However, following the IPL 2020, he was traded to RCB, which proved to be a career-defining moment for him.
In 2021, Patel returned with 32 wickets in 15 games for RCB, assisting the team in securing a playoff position in the IPL. In his most recent encounter, he recalled the IPL 2022 big auction, in which RCB CEO Prathamesh Mishra raised the paddle to secure his services. Harshal Patel further stated that his wife believed his selling price would soon be in the double digits. RCB continued to bid for him till he has purchased for INR 10.75 crores.
After the auction, Harshal Patel revealed that he had received a message from Virat Kohli. The former India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain complimented him on landing a lucrative deal. In addition to this connection, Patel believes that accomplishment and recognition, after many ups and downs in his life, are the most fulfilling things for him, regardless of price.
“I was in the room (2022 Auction time) and I got a message from Virat Kohli, ‘Congrats on winning the lottery. I said ‘yeah bro, won the lottery. Way beyond my expectations. And he said ‘Yeah, very well deserved’. You’ve given the prime of your life to something, and then it bears fruit after so much up and downs, that is the most gratifying thing for me,” Patel added.