Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday (February 20) shared his views on the purchases that the franchise made during the recently held IPL 2021 auction.
Taking to Twitter, RCB posted a video in which Kohli addressed the fans and said: "We are very very happy with our buys and the results we had in the auction. We got what we wanted for the balance and the strength of our squad.”
RCB had qualified to the play-offs in the last year’s IPL in UAE and Kohli is hopeful of winning the title in the upcoming edition.
“We've had a really good season last year and I truly believe that the new additions are going to propel us in the right direction forward and hopefully a couple of more steps further than last year," he added.
Kohli also had some special words for the RCB fan base.
"Just want to say once again, to the best fan base, we look forward to your support and hopefully we'll see a lot of you at the grounds this time in the IPL and can't wait to be back and get going for RCB. So see you all soon," he remarked.
During the auction on February 18, RCB roped in New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson and Australia’s explosive batsman Glenn Maxwell for whopping Rs 15 crore and Rs 14.25 crore respectively. Apart from them, the other overseas buy made by the franchise was Australian pacer Daniel Christian, who cost them INR 4.8 crore.
Among Indians, RCB fetched Sachin Baby, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Suyash Prabhudesai, Rajat Patidar and Kona Srikar Bharat.
List of players bought by RCB at the auction:
Kyle Jamieson (Rs 15 crore), Glenn Maxwell (Rs 14.25 crore), Daniel Christian (Rs 4.8 crore), Sachin Baby (Rs 20 lakh), Rajat Patidar (Rs 20 lakh), Sachin Baby (Rs 20 lakh), Rajat Patidar (Rs 20 lakh), Mohammed Azharuddeen (Rs 20 lakh), Srikar Bharat (Rs 20 lakh), Suyash Prabhudesai (Rs 20 lakh).
Players Retained: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Md. Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Joshua Phillipe, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson
Full Squad: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Md. Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Joshua Phillipe, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Srikar Bharat, Suyash Prabhudesai, Daniel Christian, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar.