Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg has slammed Royal Challengers Bangalore for signing Cameron Green. The three-time IPL finalists sprung a big surprise by trading the Australia allrounder from Mumbai Indians as the latter decided to release the player in order to raise funds for the sensational transfer of Hardik Pandya from Gujarat Titans.
While Pandya was linked with a move back to Mumbai Indians for quite some time now, not many were expecting Mumbai Indians to release Cameron Green. They had signed the Australian player for a whopping amount of INR 17.50 crore in the last auction. He was seen by many as a replacement for Mumbai Indians great Kieron Pollard.
Cameron Green also did well in his first-ever IPL season. After struggling initially, he bounced back in style and finished the tournament with an impressive 452 runs at an average of 50.22 and also picked up 6 wickets in his maiden IPL season. The right-handed batsman also smashed a 47-run ball century against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Mumbai Indians, however, decided to part ways with him in order to pave the way for Pandya’s return.
Brad Hogg slams Mumbai Indians:
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s decision to trade Cameron Green from Mumbai Indians has surprised many including Brad Hogg. Speaking in a video on his Instagram profile, the former Kolkata Knight Riders spinner indirectly said that Green might have been a panic buy from RCB.
He called the decision poor, highlighting that the franchise does not have enough money to buy quality bowlers in the upcoming auction. The auction for IPL 2024 is scheduled to take place on December 19 in Dubai.
“Mumbai Indians. They threw Cameron Green out there for a little bit of trade bait, trying to free up some cash to get Hardik Pandya into their squad. It worked a treat as RCB couldn’t resist.”
“They swooped in there, not wanting Cameron Green to go back to the auction, thinking they might have had to pay a little bit more for the all rounder,” said Hogg.
“Is he worth it? RCB. I’m looking at their lineup. I think this is a poor choice. Nothing against Cameron Green’s talent. He was good quality for Mumbai Indians last year. But if you look at RCB list, they spend big on their batting line up.”
“They don’t have enough cash there to spend on quality bowlers. And if you’re gonna win an IPL, it’s a defensive game. You need quality bowlers to be able to defend totals and set the game up. So for me, I think this is a poor choice from RCB. I think Cameron Green could have been suited at another club, but they made the choice and I don’t think it’s a good thing for RCB,” said Hogg.
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