Steve Smith is undoubtedly one of the best batsmen of the present times but he was released by his old franchise Rajasthan Royals after his poor performance in the IPL 2020. However, what surprised people was the fact that Delhi Capitals had to spend only Rs. 2.2 crore for buying this Aussie cricketer.
There was one more thing which left people in a confused state and that was the opening bid for Steve Smith by Royal Challengers Bangalore but after that, RCB remained silent. Now the Bangalore franchise has revealed the reason behind backing out from the bidding of Steve Smith after making just one bid.
RCB was quite determined to get Glenn Maxwell in their team as they needed a player who can go and bat after Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal and AB de Villiers and he can also bowl but Steve Smith is definitely not a bowler. While Glenn Maxwell for whom RCB spent a whopping amount of Rs. 14.25 crore, can decrease the pressure from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, his inclusion will also increase bowling options for the team.
In a video posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter by the official Twitter handle of RCB, the Director of Cricket Operations, Mike Hesson explains the reason behind bidding for Steve Smith and then getting out.
The video was captioned,
“Bold Diaries: The curious case of Steve Smith bid
Why did the RCB management withdraw after the first bid? Here’s the video of the planning that went behind the Steve Smith bid this #IPLAuction2021.
Bold Diaries: The curious case of Steve Smith bid
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) February 23, 2021
Click here to watch this video directly on Twitter
RCB never wanted to buy Steve Smith but they made the opening bid for increasing the price of the Australian cricketer so that they can empty the wallet of a franchise which will further make it easy for them to buy Glenn Maxwell as other franchises would have spent the majority part of their wallet.
Well this was certainly a nice strategy! What do you say?