IPL 2021 Auction: Glenn Maxwell Is The X Factor Player We Were After - Mike Hesson

IPL 2021 Auction: Glenn Maxwell Is The X Factor Player We Were After – Mike Hesson

Mike Hesson
Mike Hesson. Image-Getty.

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Director of Cricket, Mike Hesson explains the reason why they splurged out a whopping INR 14.25 crore at the auction table in the IPL 2021 Auction on Thursday.

Glenn Maxwell once again fetched more than a million dollars at the auction table – the Victorian has previously been bought by Mumbai Indians for 5.3 cr, then by Punjab for 6 cr, for 4 seasons, followed by Delhi for 9 cr, and in the last auction by Punjab again for 10.75 cr.

Maxwell will join the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and also compatriots Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams, Josh Philippe, and Kane Richardson in the RCB squad.
IPL 2021 Auction: Glenn Maxwell Is The X Factor Player We Were After - Mike Hesson
Glenn Maxwell sold to RCB for INR 14.25 crores.
Mike Hesson, during the break in the auction, explained that they were vying for an X-factor player – such as Maxwell – who can do multiple roles. Apart from his late-order power-hitting, the 32-year-old bowls more than just handy off-spin, especially with the new ball, and is a gun fielder.

“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 said during a media interaction in Chennai.

Would have been happy to get Steve Smith for his base price: Mike Hesson

Steve Smith IPL 2021 Auction
Steve Smith. Image Credits: Twitter

The former Kiwi coach also talked about Steve Smith, for whom he bid at the base price of 2 cr but let the Aussie skipper go for 2.2 cr to Delhi Capitals. Hesson opines that they wanted Smith only at his base price and would have been a decent addition to their batting department.

“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 at multiple roles, he is a skilful player,” added Hesson.

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