Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) broke the bank in the IPL 2021 auction, buying two players of over INR 10 crore price tags. Kyle Jamieson of New Zealand and Glenn Maxwell got huge contracts as RCB management went all-out for the duo in order to plug in gaps in their squad.
The most interesting buy was Glenn Maxwell, who the franchise bought for Rs 14.25, while the New Zealand all-rounder Jamieson got a Rs 15 crores bid from the Virat Kohli-led side. RCB head coach Simon Katich, however, called spending that much on Glenn Maxwell was worth it, because of he is a multi-purpose player that RCB was looking for.
Glenn Maxwell Is That Multi-Purpose Player That We Were Looking For: RCB Coach Simon Katich
Glenn Maxwell didn’t exactly have a good IPL 2020 for Punjab Kings (PBKS) franchise, where he made just 108 runs without hitting a single six or a half-century for that matter. He was released by the franchise and many predicted that Maxwell would be a hot commodity, but the amount for which RCB got him, surprised one and all.
“Maxwell as well and we knew that he was going to be in demand. He is a highly experienced player and been in very good form in T20I for Australia. He also had pretty good BBL. So, he is that multi-purpose player that we were looking for. For these two, we knew that we had to spend a bit of money and we ended up doing that,” Katich said in a video posted by RCB on Twitter.
Kyle Jamieson Might Be Inexperienced In IPL, But Brings A Unique Skillset: Simon Katich
Simon Katich was also very hopeful of young Kyle Jamieson helping them with both the bat and ball and also spoke about his inexperience in the Indian Premier League.
“It’s interesting, the process and the dynamic of the small options and things can get out of control when there are three or four teams beating on to select a few players for a certain role. We estimated that was probably going to be the case for four or five quick bowlers around the place, given who is looking for what. It did not come as a huge surprise, particularly with Kyle, given his recent form for New Zealand in the number of the formats,” Katich said.
“Obviously, he does not have that IPL experience but we have backed him in and from that perspective, he brings that skill set that no a lot of players have. He is a giant of a man and gets bounce with the new ball. And he can also handle the bat. So, he is an exciting young talent and there is a role there potentially for him depending on what balance of team we play with,” he added.
RCB will face MI in the IPL 2021 tournament opener on April 9 in Chennai.