Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are likely to break the bank for former West Indies captain Jason Holder in the upcoming IPL 2022 mega auction. Apart from RCB, a couple of more franchises will have their eyes on the celebrated all-rounder.
Meanwhile, the franchises are in the final rounds of their planning and making strategies ahead of the auction day. With a couple of days left, it has been learned that Bangalore could bid aggressively to have the T20 World Cup winner on board with not too many choices left for them this time around.
“Ben Stokes isn’t available, Hardik Pandya and Marcus Stoinis are taken. Mitchell Marsh, you never know whether he can survive a full IPL with his injury-prone career, Holder has been phenomenal if one looks at his record.”
“RCB will like to go the distance as some others will also pitch in,” said an RCB source as quoted as saying by Cricket Next.
Meanwhile, Jason Holder has been in the scintillating form of late with both bat and the ball. He has been leading West Indies with his all-round show.
RCB have a whopping INR 57 crore in their auction purse are reportedly willing to shell out a sum of INR 12 crore for Holder, and INR 8 and 7 crores for veteran batter Ambati Rayudu as well as emerging all-rounder Riyan Parag respectively.
“For Holder, they have reserved Rs 12 crore and another Rs 8 crore for Rayudu and Rs 7 crore for Parag. If they spend Rs 27 crore approximately on these players, they would have another Rs 28 crore left.”
“The core with Kohli, Maxwell, Siraj, Holder, Rayudu, and Parag will be set. Let’s hope they can get two out of the preferred three, the source said.
The IPL 2022 mega auction is scheduled to take place on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru.