Royal Challengers Bangalore received a massive blow on Monday after two Australia stars Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa announced that they will be pulling out of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League, and will be returning to Australia.
The announcement came a day after RCB suffered their first defeat of the season against Australia. The franchise took to Twitter to officially announce the news.
“Adam Zampa & Kane Richardson are returning to Australia for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of #IPL2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore management respects their decision and offers them complete support,” RCB tweeted.
Zampa and Richardson’s decision comes a day after another Australian cricketer at the IPL, Andrew Tye of Rajasthan Royals, returned to Australia, citing personal reasons.
Earlier, it was Delhi Capitals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who announced on Twitter that he will be taking break of the tournament to be with his family and support them amid the ongoing pandemic.
While Kane Richardson has played only one game this season, against Rajasthan Royals, in which he registered figures of 1/29, Adam Zampa was yet to feature in IPL 2021.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore have played five matches out of which they have won four games. RCB is currently at the third position in the points table. The Virat Kohli-led team had a great start to their campaign as they won their opening four matches but their winning streak was ended by Chennai Super Kings who thrashed them by a massive margin of 69 runs at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Sunday.