Jason Holder, the former captain of the West Indies, is projected to receive significant bids in the 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) mega-auction, particularly from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). According to PTI, RCB has put aside up to INR 12 crore for Jason Holder because of his diverse skill set, which is uncommon in this format.
Describing the same, one of the sources of PTI 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. RCB will like to go the distance as some others will also pitch in.”
Former CSK batter Ambati Rayudu and youthful all-rounder Riyan Parag are set to spark RCB’s attention in the auction, which has a budget of INR 57 crores.
Elaborating the same, the source said, “For Holder, they have reserved INR 12 crores and another INR 8 crores for Rayudu and Rs 7 crore for Parag. If they spend INR 27 crores approximately on these players, they would have another INR 28 crores 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.”
Talking about the worth of the all-rounders, one of the senior officials of Rajasthan Royals said, “Chris Morris was a good cricketer but was he worth Rs 16 crore plus when he got that? Perhaps no but the paucity of all-rounders made some franchises desperate. Same for Yuvraj Singh’s 15 crores by Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) back in 2015, when he was already well past his sell-by date. It was a brand plus market.”
In the case of Ambati Rayudu, he has made a significant contribution to CSK’s success. He’s signed up as a keeper-batter for this auction, so his multi-dimensional skill sets, combined with his expertise, might net him some big bucks.
Talking about Riyan Parag, the source said, “Parag had a poor 2021 IPL after a good edition in 2020. He is a big hitter who also gives a bowling option with his tight off-breaks, making him a viable proposition. The RCB is also looking at a potential captaincy candidate after Virat Kohli stepped down post last season. Whether they buy someone like Shreyas Iyer or request Kohli to do it for one more season is the question.”