The RCB has decided to bid for West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder at the IPL2022 player auction and RCB may bid more than indian Rs 120 million for him if required, the #TheBridge reports.
BCCI released the full list of 590 players who set to go under the hammer in the IPL 2022 mega auction. Out of the 590 players, 370 Indian players and 220 overseas players will up for auction. 33 players were retained by the 10 IPL franchises
The 8 existing teams retained a total of 27 players in their squad. Later, the two new franchises Lucknow and Ahmedabad picked 3 players each from the pool of retained players.
There are 34 players from West Indies who will go under the hammer in the auction.
Meanwhile, former West Indies captain and all-rounder Jason could well turn out to be one of the most expensive buys at this edition of Indian Premier League’s mega-auction with Royal Challengers Bangalore expected to bid heavily for him a source close to franchise told to the thebridge.in. West Indies all-rounder has listed himself at a base price of Indian Rupee 1.5 crore.
If sources privy to RCB’s auction strategy are to be believed, the franchise that has Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj in its ranks as retained players, are likely to bid up till Rs 12 crore because of his multiple skill-sets.
He is also in terrific form, having powered the West Indies to victory in the series decider against England as he took four wickets in four balls in the final T20 International (T20I).
Holder was one of the bright sparks for SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL 2021 amidst an otherwise torrid campaign. He played eight matches, picking up 16 wickets for SRH. However, he didn’t have the best of the seasons with the bat. he was released by SRH, meaning he will go into the player pool for the IPL 2022 auction.
Holder has a total of 35 wickets in 26 IPL matches, while in T20 Internationals (T20Is), he has 38 wickets in 35 matches. With the bat, he strikes at 123.58 in T20Is and at 121.15 in the IPL.
Accoding to RCB a source close to franchise told, RCB, who have Rs 57 crore in their auction purse are interested about three players including Holder, former CSK batter Ambati Rayudu and young ex-Rajasthan Royals turk Riyan Parag.
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 preferred three,” the source said.
Source further said “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.”
Earlier, Former opener Aakash Chopra said RCB should look to appoint a captain who will not take center stage and Jason Holder can be a good choice if they are not looking at Glenn Maxwell for the leadership role.
“Let me just throw in Jason Holder. Bengaluru has small boundaries, he is an all-rounder, a medium pacer. He is an unassuming character. He doesn’t impose himself, he stays in the background, quietly does his job. I think for a franchise like RCB, he can be the right pick,” said Chopra while interacting on his official YouTube channel.
Also Speaking on Star Sports, former pacer Ajit Agarkar said: “If Virat Kohli can take over the captaincy and if he is happy to do it and if he has the energy to do it, I think that will be the easiest solution for them. At the end of the day, we have seen RCB over the years they haven’t invested enough money in making a proper team of 12, 13 or 14 players with enough depth. It’s always been dependent on the top three, not enough middle order players and if you don’t have the money, you can’t do that again. So, if you break the bank for one player, doesn’t matter how good he is – will win you games but will never win you competitions.”