Well ahead of the auction, the Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore had parted ways with as many as ten players. Therefore, they had a lot of work to do in the IPL 2021 mini-auction which was held a few days ago in Chennai. The franchise picked up eight players at the auction. Their INR 14.25 crores purchase of Glenn Maxwell was one of the highlights of this year’s gala event before the Indian Premier League.
On the other hand, rookie New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson became Royal Challengers Bangalore’s most expensive buy at the auction. The franchise fended off interest from other teams to land the player for a whopping INR 15 crores.
They also went on to add Aussie all-rounder Dan Christian for INR 4.8 crore. Royal Challengers Bangalore also secured the services of Mohammad Azharuddeen, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, KS Bharat and Suyash Prabhudessai.
Virat Kohli seemed to be impressed by the acquisitions that RCB made. In a video posted on the team’s official twitter handle, Kohli expressed satisfaction and confidence that the management had strengthened the squad. The skipper is hopeful that they will be able to seal their first IPL this year.
“Very happy with our buys and the results we had in the auction. We got what we wanted for the balance and the strength of our squad. Had a really good season last year. I truly believe that the new additions are going to propel us in the right direction forward and hopefully a couple of more steps further than last year,” Virat Kohli said in the video.
He also went on to praise the RCB fans for being beside the team in all conditions. Though the 2020 edition of the tournament was held behind closed doors in the UAE, the skipper is confident that fans will be able to cheer and support from the stadiums soon enough.
“Just want to say once again, to the best fan base, we look forward to your support. Hopefully, we see a lot of you at the grounds in the IPL this year. Can’t wait to be back and get going for RCB. See you all soon,” Virat Kohli concluded.