Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were among the busiest franchises on the first day of the mega auction in Bengaluru on Saturday ahead of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, making as many as eight purchases.
One of RCB’s main concerns was finding their next captain after Virat Kohli stepped down as manager at the end of the 2021 IPL season, and the franchise found not one but two of those options in Faf du Plessis. , which was roped. for INR 7 crore, and former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Dinesh Karthik, who was acquired for INR 5.5 crore.
RCB also bought IPL 2021 Purple Cap winner Harshal Patel, who picked a record 32 wickets, and Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga, for a similar price of INR 10.75 crore.
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RCB has also added an overseas pace option to Josh Hazlewood’s side, for INR 7.75 crore, and snapped up uncapped Indian Shahbaz Ahmed for INR 2.4 crore.
In the last session of the first day of the mega auction, Bangalore hired a former RCB player from Akash Deep for his base price of INR 20 lakh.
RCB, which had retained Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj ahead of the auction, still has 15 slots to fill with just INR 9.25 crore of purse remaining.
Retained players – Virat Kohli (INR 15 Crore), Glenn Maxwell (INR 11 Crore) and Mohammed Siraj (INR 7 Crore)
Players bought – Faf du Plessis (INR 7 Crore), Harshal Patel (INR 10.75 Crore), Wanindu Hasaranga (INR 10.75 Crore), Dinesh Karthik (INR 5.5 Crore), Josh Hazlewood (INR 7.75 Crore), Shahbaz Ahmed (INR 2.4 Crore), Anuj Rawat (INR 3.4 Crore) and Akash Deep (20 lakh)
Remaining budget – INR 9.25 crore
Remaining player slots – 15
Remaining overseas slots – 4