IPL 2021: RCB trade in Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel from Delhi Capitals

Sams recently played for the Sydney Thunder in the 2020-21 Big Bash League (BBL).

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have traded in Daniel Sams and Harshal Patel from the Delhi Capitals (DC) for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Sams recently played for the Sydney Thunder in the 2020-21 Big Bash League (BBL).

In nine matches, he managed 10 wickets at an economy of 8.58 and also scored 199 runs at an average of 49.75 with two half-centuries. It was his strike-rate of 191.34 that helped the Thunder to a large extent. In between, he missed a few games due to a concussion.

Daniel Sams ruled out of BBL

In a recent development, it has been learned that the all-rounder has been ruled out of the upcoming BBL games due to a hand injury. Jono Cook has been roped in as his replacement. Sams made his IPL debut last season in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Sams went to the Capitals after England’s Jason Roy opted out of the tournament. In RCB, Sams will have Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, and Josh Philippe among his national teammates. The 28-year-old, recently, made his T20I debut during the home series against India in December 2020. As far as Harshal is concerned, Delhi bought him in 2018 at his base price of INR 20 lakhs.

He stayed with them for three editions and bowled some useful spells, though he didn’t get enough chances to show his prowess with the bat in hand. The eight franchises have already put forth their list of retained and released players for the upcoming season. The Challengers have retained 12 members from the previous edition and released as many as nine players.

Among big names, the Challengers have let go, Aaron Finch, the Australian ODI and T20I skipper, Dale Steyn, the veteran South African paceman, and Chris Morris, the Proteas all-rounder. Melbourne Renegades fast bowler Richardson didn’t play the last season, but RCB have retained him.

RCB’s retained players

Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Washington Sundar, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Josh Philippe, Kane Richardson, and Pawan Deshpande.

Released players

Aaron Finch, Gurkeerat Mann, Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Dale Steyn, Parthiv Patel, Isuru Udana, Umesh Yadav, and Pawan Negi.