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Did Royal Challengers Bangalore trick Delhi Capitals into buying Steven Smith?

It’s the IPL auction. On offer is a big-name player who you don’t really want. But you want the other bidders to think you do. What are your options? On February 18 in Chennai, the player in question was Steven Smith, and a mock auction drill carried out by the Royal Challengers Bangalore team – a video of which has been put out on social media – shows how the group bid first, but then withdrew completely.

It did work. And it also allowed the Royal Challengers to get into the hunt for Glenn Maxwell, the player they really wanted, and ended up getting.


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