RCB’s Director, Mo Bobat, expressed his resounding confidence in Cameron Green’s suitability for the franchise, citing the Australian all-rounder as the prime choice for the upcoming IPL season.

Royal Challenger’s Banglore’s Mo Bobat hailed Cameron Green as the perfect addition to their squad for the Indian Premier League, praising the Australian’s versatile prowess. Green’s trade from Mumbai Indians was finalized after the IPL teams disclosed retained and released players’ lists.

When speaking on RCB Bold Diaries, Bobat underscored Green’s impact potential in RCB’s middle order, highlighting his explosive batting skills against pace and spin. He also commended Green’s bowling attributes, particularly his pace and bounce, which are ideal for home conditions.

“He’s the ideal fit for us in that middle-order power role. He’s a high-quality, skillful, and powerful batsman. He’s got the game against both pace and spin. He’s got international experience across formats and I’m sure he will enjoy batting at the Chinnaswamy. So, seeing him do that will be really exciting. He’s also a fantastic bowler and he bowls with pace and bounce, which were certainly attributes we were looking for, particularly in our home conditions. Let’s not forget what an exceptional fielder he is. Some of the catches he has taken in recent times fielding at gully is seriously impressive,” Bobat said on RCB Bold Diaries.

Bobat shed light on the impetus behind the eleventh-hour trade involving Green, intending to fortify the middle-order’s firepower. The unexpected knowledge of Green’s probable availability for trade emerged merely a couple of hours before the retention deadline, compelling them to earnestly evaluate this prospect.

Conversations ensued between RCB and MI as they huddled to analyze the viability of a potential trade, engaging in deliberations about the trade’s feasibility and its possible outcomes.

“If I go back to mid-morning yesterday [November 26], we were pretty clear on our retentions and release decisions and we had communicated it to all of our players. We were pretty clear on what that meant for our auction priorities. So, felt like we were going to have a fairly quiet afternoon. If you look at the retentions and the decisions we made, we’ve obviously got a really strong top order and we wanted to enhance the middle order by adding a little bit of power,” Bobat explained.

“With a couple of hours off the retention and release deadline, we were made aware of Cameron’s potential availability for trade, which we had to take seriously. So, having spoken to the guys at MI, we got a small group of us together at our end we thought we better discuss this and debate the pros and cons of trying to make this trade work, which is what we did for a little bit of time,” he added.

The dilemma loomed large: risk losing Green to another team before the auction or await the uncertainties of securing him amid fierce bidding at the event. This scenario shaped RCB’s late-stage decisions in the run-up to the IPL auctions.

“Essentially, we were trying to weigh up whether we take the risk of someone else picking up Cameron Green now, which could have happened before the deadline…hoping he makes it to the auction as a released player, but somebody else could’ve picked him up, which was obviously the case. Even then if you get to the auction, there’s no guarantee that you get him at the auction because you can easily be outbid,” he concluded.

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Last Updated on November 28, 2023

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