You somehow just knew that Corey Anderson would land up in Mumbai. Long before even the Kiwi all-rounder’s name propped up at the auction. Mumbai Indians simply had to get him after all, even if it entails him spending more time warming the bench than showcasing his destructive skills in the next IPL, like Glenn Maxwell did last year.
Eventually, the defending champions paid Rs 4.5 crore for Anderson, a tad less than what they had splurged on the Australian 12 months ago.
But like they always do-remember Kieron Pollard and Richard Levi-they had roped in the most sought-after pre-auction favourite.
Like Mumbai’s obsession with preordained stars, the characteristic personas of all the eight franchises came through in the players they chased or bought on the opening day of the auction.
The former champs stuck with their diktat of opting for value-for-money signings. No pick of theirs from Wednesday symbolized it more than Steve Smith.
In fact, it made you wonder why the combative Australian all-rounder wasn’t already in the Royals camp. From his never-say-never competitive edge, the lack of inhibition in terms of doing the dirty work to his effectiveness as a dangerous floater, Smith is a typical Royals cricketer. Just like their other buys, Brad Hodge and Abhishek Nayar.
Bharat is a principal correspondent based in Mumbai