How RCB’s Auction Strategy For Steve Smith Worked Just As They Planned


Steve Smith being purchased for simply Rs 2.2 crore was one of many shocks of the just lately concluded participant public sale forward of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The Australia star was picked up by Delhi Capitals (DC) after Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made an preliminary bid and pulled out as quickly as one other bid was made for him and with no different staff , he was offered for only a fraction above his base worth. RCB on Tuesday launched a video from their mock auctions earlier than the principle occasion, the place their think-tank – together with their Director of Cricket Operations, Mike Hesson – are seen discussing intimately the technique to bid for Smith after which pull out.

At the beginning, Hesson is seen exclaiming that they need to not go for Smith as he doesn’t present them with a bowling choice. “Whoever bats there has to be able to bowl,” Hesson says.

He later clarifies that they’re primarily on the lookout for a batsman, however he ought to be capable of present a bowling choice – one thing that their eventual purchase Glenn Maxwell does present.

RCB purchased Maxwell – who additionally bowls off-spin – for a whopping Rs 14.25 crore after a bidding struggle with Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

“I’m not even sure anyone is going to bid for him in the first round,” Hesson later says.

Then in one other snippet from a unique assembly, Hesson is seen explaining their bidding technique for the previous Australia captain.

“Best thing we can do, is bid for him early and then get out,” he says.

“So, if CSK buy him, for example, they can’t go for Maxwell,” Hesson says. “They’re the only ones at the moment who can outbid us.”

“And if we’re left with Steve Smith for Rs 2 crore, it’s not the end of the world,” he provides.


Hesson can also be seen wagering that Smith wouldn’t go for greater than Rs 4 crore within the public sale.

RCB ended up spending huge within the public sale for each Maxwell and New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson (Rs 15 crore).

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