Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], February 18 (ANI): Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Director of Cricket, Mike Hesson on Thursday clarified that the franchise was not seeking to rope in Australia’s Steve Smith as a gap batsman.
Smith had a base value of Rs 2 crore heading into the public sale and RCB made the beginning bid for him, however ultimately, Smith was picked up by Delhi Capitals for Rs 2.2 crore.
“No, we were not looking at Steve Smith as an opening batsman. We felt we needed somebody in the first group to be sold and in terms of taking a batting spot up, if we got Steve Smith at 2 crore, we would have been very happy and we would have been able to use him at multiple roles, he is a skillful player,” mentioned Hesson whereas replying to an ANI question throughout a digital press convention.
RCB did handle to bag all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for a whopping Rs 14.25 crore. Talking about Maxwell, Hesson mentioned: “Often Maxwell has been used in a finisher role, he is a multi-skilled player and he can bowl off-spin as well. It depends on what the team wants, we all look at how to bring the best out of him. We were after the X factor player and we got that in form of Maxwell.”South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris has turn out to be the costliest international participant within the historical past of the IPL as he was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 16.25 crore.
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Thursday was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) within the ongoing IPL mini-auction. Shakib had his base value as Rs 2 crore, however each Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Punjab Kings made bids for him, and ultimately, the Bangladesh all-rounder was offered to KKR for Rs 3.2 crore.
All-rounder Kedar Jadhav went unsold within the public sale. England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali was picked by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for Rs 7 crore.
The IPL “mini-auction” this yr has 291 gamers going beneath the hammer as England pacer Mark Wood withdrew from the public sale on the finish second.
All these cricketers have been shortlisted by the eight franchises. A complete of 164 Indian gamers, 125 abroad gamers and three gamers from affiliate nations are up for grabs within the mini-auction. (ANI)