- Sarfaraz Khan has been ruled out of IPL 2017 because of an injury.
- Virat Kohli and the team management made sure that they find a replacement for Sarfaraz as early as possible.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was struck by injury woes ahead of the start of the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. A number of players could not be a part of their squad due to respective injuries. Sarfaraz Khan, who lit up IPL 2016 with his batting skill, was also one of them.
Virat Kohli and the team management made sure that they find a replacement for Sarfaraz as early as possible. Harpreet Singh Bhatia, who is an all-rounder from Madhya Pradesh has replaced the young Indian batsman in RCB and he has all the reasons to be happy.
"Initially when I wasn't picked in the auction I was a little upset because I thought I would make it considering I was the highest run getter in the domestic T20 event. There was no clarity on whether I wasn't picked because of the confusion in names or some other reason, so that bothered me a little," Harpreet was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Harpreet had a wonderful Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2016-17, where he scored 211 runs in four matches at an average of 52.75 for North Zone. He went unpicked at the IPL 2017 mini-auction probably because of mistaken identity.
On the day of the auction, it was reported that Harpreet was arrested for driving his car into a railway station platform in Mumbai.But it was not Harpreet and it was Harmeet Singh, who was a member of the India U-19 World Cup winning squad.
"I never gave up hope and kept working hard because I believed I may get my chances during the course of the tournament. I was thrilled when I got the RCB call-up 2-3 days ago. At RCB, I'm looking forward to interacting with the current international stars and watching them from close quarters. It is going to be a great learning experience for me and I'm looking forward to this new beginning," Harpreet added.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:50 PM IST