Australia’s Cameron Green was always going to be a big attraction at the IPL 2023 auction. The big-hitting all-rounder from Western Australia was expected to burn up the charts in the mini-auction along with England star Ben Stokes and Sam Curran, and that is exactly how it turned out. Green was snapped up by Mumbai Indians, the most successful IPL franchise for a whopping ₹17.5 crore, making him the second costliest purchase in the history of auctions. Green triggered an intense bidding war between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals in a three-way face-off but in the end, it was MI who came up with the winning bid.
So much was being said about Green and how he was going to be the most sought-after player in the IPL. Green, who was tipped by several cricketing greats, including teammate David Warner to have a huge pay day at the IPL auction, revealed that was a nervous wreck when he saw the teams going all guns blazing to acquire his services.
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“I’m pinching myself that this has all happened. It’s such a weird feeling watching an auction for yourself. I can’t believe how nervous I was and I was shaking like anything when the final call was confirmed. I’ve always been a huge fan of the IPL and it’s going to be so cool to be a part of it. The Mumbai Indians are one of the powerhouses of the competition so I feel very humbled to be joining them. I can’t wait to get there next year,” Green said.
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Green joins a star-studded MI line-up that will feature Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav and most likely, Jofra Archer for the IPL 2023. Green’s stocks had raised earlier this year during the India vs Australia T20I series where the all-rounder scored 218 runs including two half-centuries at an impressive strike rate of 214.5 and was later included as a last-minute addition in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad following an injury to Josh Inglis. After losing Kieron Pollard earlier this year, who announced his retirement from the IPL, Green makes for a like-for-like replacement with the ability to bowl at a decent pace.
“Mumbai has been such a great team. You look at all the history, all the past players that have played for them, how great they are and obviously, looking forward to play with some of the guys such as Suryakumar [Yadav], [Jasprit] Bumrah to name a few. Tim David and Jason Behrendorff are also from Australia. There is so much talent that you can learn so much an improve your game. I loved my time when I was there for two weeks. And now I would be coming back and playing for Mumbai Indians,” added Green.
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