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RCB's Bid For Bold in the 2019 Player Auction

Wed, 19th, Dec 2018 |
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At the end of the 2019 Player Auction, there resembles a sense of excitement among the RCB faithful as the franchise addressed key areas of the squad that were lacking in some previous squads. The big name acquisitions of Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dubey and Heinrich Klaasen come as a shot in the arm but we've also given the captain more options with the promise of talented youngsters like Devdutt Padikkal, Milind Kumar, Himmat Singh and Prayas Ray Barman.

Along with Washington Sundar, teenage prodigies Devdutt Padikkal and Prayas Ray Barman encapsulate what chairman Sanjeev Churiwala spoke about - grooming young players with tremendous potential- at the time of announcing our retained group.  

This auction always felt different, a plan was put in place to bid for select targets. We were outpriced for someone like Sam Curran, INR 7.2 Crores overshot our budget, but we've got those roles covered. 

Local Karnataka boy Devdutt Padikkal has been making waves with performances for India in the U-19 Asia Cup as well as in the Karnataka Premier League. Shivam Dube, Prayas Ray Burman, Himmat Singh and Milind Kumar are in the middle of outstanding seasons in Domestic cricket.

Akshdeep Nath has been in excellent run scoring form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy of late, the highest run getter for his state side Uttar Pradesh.  ​   

The likes of Ashish Nehra, Avinash Vaidya, Sandeep Raju could fall back on chairman Sanjeev Churiwala and Nikhil Sosale for any consultation in the bidding rounds. Gary Kirsten's absence was hardly felt in the process. 

Here's the complete list of players bought on Tuesday:

1. Shimron Hetmyer
Role: Left Handed Batsman
Nationality: West Indies
Price: INR 4.2 Crores

2. Gurkeerat Singh Mann
Role: Right Handed Batsman
         Right Arm Off Break
Nationality: India
Price: INR 50 Lakh
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3. Devdutt Padikkal
Role: Left Handed Batsman
Nationality: India
Price: INR 20 Lakh

4. Shivam Dube
Role: Left Handed Batsman
         Right Arm Medium Fast
Nationality: India
Price: INR 5 Crore

5. Heinrich Klaasen
Role: Right Handed Batsman
         Wicket-keeper
Nationality: South Africa
Price: INR 50 Lakh

6. Himmat Singh
Role: Right Handed Batsman
Nationality: India
Price: INR 65 Lakh

7. Milind Kumar
Role: Right Handed Batsman
Nationality: India
Price: INR 20 Lakh

8. Prayas Ray Barman
Role: Right Arm Leg Break Bowler
Nationality: India
Price: INR 1.5 Crore

9. Akshdeep Nath
Role: Right Handed Batsman
        Wicket-keeper 
        Right Arm Medium
Nationality: India
Price: INR 3.6 Crore
         

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