The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday bought Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for a whopping sum of ₹14.25 cr in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction 2021 in Chennai. The Aussie all-rounder had sparked a bidding war between four franchises before finally getting sold to RCB.

After acquiring the services of Maxwell, Mike Hesson, RCB’s Director of Cricket, explained the benefits of having him, adding that they would look at how to bring the best out of him. RCB also bought Kiwi pacer, Kyle Jamieson, for a hefty sum of ₹15 cr.

He also revealed that the franchise was not looking to rope in Australia’s Steve Smith as an opening batsman. Smith, who had a base price of INR 2 crore, was bought by the Delhi Capitals for ₹2.2 crores after RCB started the bid.

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“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,” Mike Hesson told Star Sports.

“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 crores, we would have been very happy and we would have been able to use him in multiple roles, he is a skilful player,” he added.

As far as this year’s mini-auction is concerned, a total of 291 players going under the hammer as England pacer Mark Wood withdrew from the auction at the end moment. All these cricketers have been shortlisted by the eight franchises.

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