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Ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 auction for the upcoming season, former India pacer Irfan Pathan tipped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the 17th season of the tournament. While speaking on Star Sports, Pathan said that after adding Cameron Green to the squad, RCB have solved the headache in their middle order. Further, Pathan said that the Bengaluru-based franchise needs to fix their bowling attack and if they can get Sri Lankan bowler Wanindu Hasaranga at a cheap price, then it will be good for them. Adding further options for the franchise, the 39-year-old said that if they failed to get Hasaranga, then they can go for Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Praising Mujeeb, Pathan said he is a mystery bowler with the new ball and can make a difference in tough conditions.
“If you look at their team, with Cameron Green coming in, they’ve sorted out their biggest headache. The middle-order confusion is sorted out. They’ll have to sort out their bowling. If they can get Hasaranga back at a cheaper price, well and brand If not they can go for guys like Mujeeb Mujeeb is a guy who can actually take the pitch out of the equation He is a mystery bowler who can bowl with the new ball and he can be quite handy in that tough conditions for bowlers,” Pathan said.
The 2007 T20 World Cup winner further added that RCB wanted Australian pacer Mitchell Starc as he can deliver at 140 kmph and can help the franchise with his extra pace.
“I really think you might want to see Mitchell Starc play for RCB because he was there before. They also wanted him there because being a left-armer, bowling 140 plus, having that extra pace on those kind of pitches at the Chinnaswamy Stadium will be of utmost importance for RCB,” he added.
The IPL 2024 auction will take place on December 19 in Dubai. 1166 players have signed up for the auction including some big names like Rachin Ravindra, Travis Head and others. RCB participates in the player’s auction with Rs 23.25.
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