IPL 2022: Daryl Mitchell's stint with RR ends, flies to UK to play for New Zealand in England Tests

'We are unbelievably happy about your contribution to the unit on the journey,' said Kumar Sangakkara

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Daryl Mitchell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Rajasthan Royals’ all-rounder Daryl Mitchell has left the team’s camp, ahead of the Qualifier 2 that is scheduled on May 27 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, to join the New Zealand team for the Test series against England in the UK.

Mitchell will be part of the New Zealand side for a practice match against the First Class Counties XI in Chelmsford on May 26. Trent Boult and James Neesham, two of his countrymen, will continue at the Royals’ camp and will be a part of their upcoming games. The three-match Test series will take place between June 2 and June 23.

In a video shared by Rajasthan Royals on their official social media handle, Kumar Sangakkara, the Director of Cricket, thanked Mitchell for his contribution to the side throughout the season as he said: “Daryl has been with us right from the start, he’s been an exceptional part of our group. He’s done a huge amount for us in terms of energy, being the character that he is, helping out, supporting, playing, fielding, and getting to know each of us.”

“So we have asked everyone from the start to give a little bit of themselves to the group and Daryl has done an amazing job for us, very thankful, and grateful for you to join us. We are unbelievably happy about your contribution to the unit on the journey so far. We also wish you very well for the series against England. There’s a practice game on the 26th, we’ll be watching, we’ll be supporting. Once a Royal, always a Royal,” Sangakkara added.

Will look forward to a video call of the team lifting the trophy: Mitchell

Daryl Mitchell played only two games for the Royals this season but has been with the camp from the start of the IPL 2022. While the Kiwi all-rounder felt bad for leaving the side at a crucial stage of the tournament, he hoped that the Royals will lift the trophy. “Thanks, everybody. It’s obviously sad to leave at such a crucial time but I will be definitely watching (the game) and look forward to the video call of (the team) lifting up the trophy,” said Mitchell.

Meanwhile, the Royals lost the Qualifier 1 against the Gujarat Titans on Tuesday, May 24, but will be looking for redemption in the Qualifier 2 when they face the winner of the RCB vs LSG clash in order to enter the finals.

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