Top IPL prediction 2023: “I didn’t expect RCB to bid because…”: Karnataka native all-rounder reacts to Bangalore selection in IPL auction

The Karnataka-born all-rounder reacted to being selected by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2023 Indian Premier League auction.

The 2023 edition of India’s Premier League auction took place last month, with all franchises continuing to bolster their rosters with significant new additions. Ben Stokes, Cameron Green and Nicholas Poulin also made big money at the auction, while Sam Karan broke the record for the most expensive auction purchase of Rs 185 million from the Punjabi Kings. However, since Mini-he was an auction, not many teams could afford to have large wallets. One of them he is Royal Challengers Bangalore.

RCB already holds many of the cores for the 2022 version, which entered the auction for Rs 8.75 crore. Bangalore’s highest-priced purchase at auction in 2023 was England batsman Will Jacks, for whom the franchise spent INR 3.2 million. RCB invested in adding Indian players to the squad, one of them being his 24-year-old all-rounder from Karnataka Manoj his Bandage.

Player gets first stint in his IPL. He has represented Karnataka in 10 List A and 16 of his T20 games so far. But Bhandage said he didn’t even expect RCB to bid on him.

“In modern cricket, scouts came to every tournament I played, regardless of the match I played. I did well in front of them, got a few calls from franchises and had those trials. The RCB also called me to attend the camp, but I couldn’t because the maharaja was injured with his trophy and was unable to recover,” Bandage revealed in his Sportskeeda interview.

“I didn’t go to trials, so I didn’t expect RCB to choose me. I thought other teams would bid, but RCB did so, so I’m happy for them.” I’m happy to have the chance to play in ,” said the 24-year-old.

RCB is still one of his four teams (including Punjab Kings, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Supergiants) in the tournament to win his IPL title. Last year, the captain changed, and South Africa’s Faf du Plessi took the lead.

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