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Having let go of Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood and Wanindu Hasaranga, RCB will be gunning for some top bowlers at the IPL auction.

IPL Auction 2024: RCB prioritising bowling support for Mohammed Siraj

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are setting sights on bolstering their bowling arsenal to complement lead pacer Mohammad Siraj in the forthcoming IPL auction, as stated by Mo Bobat, the team's Director of Cricket.

RCB retained18 players for the upcoming season, with prominent names like Virat Kohli, captain Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, and Siraj. However, they have parted ways with 11 players, including medium pacer Harshal Patel, Sri Lankan leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, and Australian speedster Josh Hazlewood, leaving a noticeable gap in their bowling lineup.

Bobat emphasized, "Mohammad Siraj is a core part of what we do. So, supporting Siraj with some more bowling options including overseas bowling options is going to be a real priority for us moving forward."

He also highlighted the strength of their local spin bowlers, some of whom have had the opportunity to shine in the past year and are expected to play more pivotal roles going forward.

To reinforce their middle order, RCB executed a significant trade, acquiring Australian all-rounder Cameron Green for a hefty sum of Rs 17.5 crore from Mumbai Indians.

Bobat expressed his satisfaction with the team's core players, stating, "We have got a strong core of retaining players, and we have got a very powerful top order. Part of the decision-making that we had around our player release decisions was to try and strengthen the middle order and bringing Cameron Green was a fantastic move."

With a budget of Rs. 23.25 crore and seven slots to fill, RCB is strategically positioned for the auctions.

Bobat also stressed the importance of cultivating an optimal performance environment and culture, enabling players to fully express their talent and entertain fans. He shared his commitment to a long-term vision with RCB, lauding the leadership of captain Faf du Plessis and the experience of senior players like Virat Kohli, Maxwell, and Dinesh Karthik.

Bobat concluded, "The next objective is to make sure we create the right performance and culture where the players can really go and showcase what they are capable of, and go out and entertain the public. If we commit to our processes, play a brand of cricket that is aggressive, and have those moments where we're prepared to be brave it will get the fans going."

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