Mike Hesson, RCB’s team director, and other members of RCB plotted the move to acquire dashing Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell at the IPL 2021 player auction as RCB shared a behind-the-scenes video.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) recently shared a behind-the-scenes video of the way the likes of team director Mike Hesson plotted the move for Glenn Maxwell at the recently-concluded IPL 2021 player auction. RCB bought the star Australian all-rounder for a whopping Rs 14.25 crore after beating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in an intense bidding war.
Mike Hesson Of Royal Challengers Bangalore Practice Mock Auction For Glenn Maxwell As He Correctly Felt Chennai As Another Buyer Interested
In the video shared by RCB on their social media platforms, Mike Hesson can be seen in a meeting with other officials of the franchise as they practised a mock auction for Glenn Maxwell before the original auction happened.
“Personally, I see the only threat for Maxwell is CSK. In terms of price,” Mike Hesson can be seen saying in the video.
Bold Diaries: IPL Mock Auction Planning for Glenn Maxwell
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His prediction turned out to be accurate as CSK joined the race to acquire Glenn Maxwell as soon as his name was announced at the IPL 2021 auction. CSK and RCB were involved in an intense bidding war and the Virat Kohli-led side eventually managed to sign the Australian after outbidding CSK.
“The strategy and planning that led to RCB getting The Big show, Glenn Maxwell, into our #classof2021,” RCB captioned the video.
Glenn Maxwell Flopped In IPL 2020 But A Bidding War Between RCB And CSK Was Triggered In Auction
Glenn Maxwell was expected to trigger a bidding war at the IPL 2021 auction owing to his skills and international pedigree despite his flop show in IPL 2020 for Kings XI Punjab. Glenn Maxwell has not quite managed to fire in the IPL in the past few seasons and will be under pressure once again to justify his price tag after being acquired for a huge amount. With the exception of IPL 2014 and IPL 2017 where he averaged around 30-35, he failed to live up to expectations in the other 6 IPL editions averaging below 20.
Glenn Maxwell has so far played 82 IPL matches where he has amassed 1505 runs and picked up 19 wickets. He failed at UAE in 2020 where he managed to score only 108 runs averaging a pathetic 15.42 at a strike rate of below 102. He was subsequently released by Punjab Kings ahead of the IPL auction last week.
Apart from the swashbuckling batsman Glenn Maxwell, RCB also spent big to acquire the services of New Zealand’s young all-rounder pacer Kyle Jamieson. The youngster was bought by RCB for a staggering Rs 15 crore.
RCB bought Mohammed Azharuddeen, Daniel Christian, Srikar Bharat, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Suyash Prabhudessai apart from Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson.