If certain reports are to be believed, then Jason Holder is expected to become the most expensive player in the upcoming mega auction and he could be purchased by RCB. The franchise is interested in getting Parag and Rayadu as well for their squad.

According to cricket.com, a source close to the IPL developments says, “Hardik Pandya and Marcus Stoinis are both unavailable, as is Ben Stokes. Mitchell Marsh’s injury-prone past makes it difficult to predict if he will be able to play the whole IPL season. Holder, on the other hand, has a stellar record. RCB will want to go the extra mile, as will a few others. They’ve set aside Rs 12 crore for Holder, Rs 8 crore for Rayudu, and Rs 7 crore for Parag. They will have Rs 28 crore left over after spending about Rs 27 crore on these guys. Kohli, Maxwell, Siraj, Holder, Rayudu, and Parag will form the core. Let’s hope they get two out of the three they wanted.”

“Chris Morris was a superb cricketer, but was he really worth Rs 16 crore plus at the time? No, although some organisations were anxious due to a lack of all-rounders. Yuvraj Singh’s 15 crore deal with the Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) in 2015, when he was far beyond his sell-by date, was similar. It was a combination of brand and market.”

“At the end of the day, we’ve seen RCB fail to spend enough money on building a quality squad of 12, 13, or 14 players with sufficient depth throughout the years. It’s always been reliant on the top three players; there aren’t enough middle-order guys, and you can’t do it again if you don’t have the money. So, no matter how excellent a player is, if you spend a lot of money on him, he will win you games but not tournaments”, the source concluded.