Manoj Badale, the lead owner of the Rajasthan Royals, said that RR pushed hard to bring Jofra Archer back to the squad at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction but unfortunately failed to acquire the services of the England pacer.
Jofra Archer had set INR 2 crore as his base price for the Indian Premier League 2022 mega auction. Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals were furiously bidding for the England pacer and his price quickly went past INR 5 crore.
Sunrisers Hyderabad also joined that fray but Mumbai Indians won the battle against all the teams to bring Jofra Archer to the Mumbai Indians for INR 8 crore, despite his unavailability for the IPL 2022.
Meanwhile, Badale said that the priority of the Rajasthan Royals was to build a strong Indian core and they succeeded in achieving that by acquiring the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal and Prasidh Krishna in the auction.
“Our priority this year was to build a strong Indian core, which we have done with the likes of Ashwin, Chahal, Karun, Saini, Devdutt, Prasidh along with Sanju and Yashasvi already retained,” Badale said in a media release.
“Our focus was always on having a world-class XI, which is visible in the way we have gone about our business as we tried to utilize the majority of our funds on the starting XI.”
“We’ve tried our best to also go for familiar faces, who we are excited to have at the Royals again. In terms of the international players, we’ve secured some amazing buys and I’m looking forward to seeing them in pink.”
We wish Jofra the very best in his recovery and for the future – Manoj Badale
Badale, while talking about pacer Archer said that he has been an integral part of the team and Rajasthan Royals gave their best at the auction to bring him back to the squad.
“He’s been an integral part of our team for the past few years and grew in stature with us. But if we had gone on to retain him at Rs 9 crores, we wouldn’t have been able to build the squad we have now.”
“However, he was always on our list even though we knew he was injured for this year. We pushed as hard as we could and went all the way for him, but unfortunately lost out to a team with a larger purse. We wish Jofra the very best in his recovery and for the future,” he said.
Manoj Badale further added it was important for Rajasthan Royals to acquire the likes of Jimmy Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rassie van der Dussen and Daryl Mitchell during the end phase of the mega auction.
“In terms of having a solid base, we are absolutely happy with the purchase of Navdeep Saini. He’s an experienced player and has been regularly plying his trade with the Indian team as well, so he compliments the other experienced bowlers,” he said.
“I think it was a key phase for us, towards the end, to secure their signings. Jimmy and Nathan are particularly experienced when it comes to the IPL, and we feel they will add a lot of value to our side.”
“Rassie and Daryll, as we’ve seen, can be extremely effective and are really exciting cricketers. So we’re really happy to have them all in our team,” he added.
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