Mike Hesson, the director of Royal Challengers Bangalore, released a video after the end of IPL auction on 19 Dec 2019.In the video he talked about their auction strategy, Mike Hesson said they were very mindful of what they had planned.
RCB went into the auction with minimum number of foreign players and maximum slots available. They had as many as 12 slots to fill, 6 each of domestic and foreign players. Before the auction they released the likes of Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin de Grandhommebefore the auction.
In the auction, they picked Dale Steyn at the last of the auction after he had gone unsold twice. He said, “(he was) always part of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s plans”, “We knew we wanted Steyn but we knew if we put a bid on him early, it might have gone up to three or four crore, which would have had flow-on effects,” in a video posted by RCB.
Mike Hesson was also keen about getting Sri Lankan all-rounder Isuru Udana as well. Udana is known for his variations with the ball and powerful hitting down the order. Mike Hesson said that they adopted the same strategy for Isuru Udanaas well.
“We thought Udana was going to be well sought after, so we had to slow-play that one a little bit. In the end, it worked out the way we wanted but it did require a sense of patience, which is not one of my main attributes. I probably exchanged a couple of hundred messages with Virat [Kohli, the RCB captain] for a couple of hours. I think he thought we went to sleep in the middle for a couple of hours as well, but he was well aware of what our planning was. He was keen at the end, as we were, to get Udana and Steyn,“added Mike Hesson.
Mike Hesson also did a mock auction in the video, getting the Sri Lankan all-rounder for INR 9 Cr. However, they managed to get the services of the all-rounder for just 50L only.
RCB also added Aaron Finch, Chris Morris (10Cr), Kane Richardson among others.
This is how RCB team composition looked like before and after auction-
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE SQUAD
Retained Players: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Parthiv Patel (wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj
Players bought at Auction: Chris Morris [INR10 Crore], Aaron Finch [INR 4.4 Crore], Dale Steyn [INR 2 Crores], Dale Steyn [INR 2 Crores], Kane Richardson [INR 1.5 Crores], Isuru Udana [INR 50 Lakhs], Joshua Philippe [INR 20 Lakhs], Pavan Deshpande [INR 20 Lakhs]