And former Kings XI Punjab head coach Mike Hesson who is now the Director of Cricket Operations with RCB said the team is ready for the battle.
Mike Hesson spoke about team RCB approach on the special show 'vivo IPL auction curtain-raiser' exclusively on Star Sports: "We have already been working for the past couple of months, which included doing mock auctions between us, which now has to reflect. Additionally, we have been doing lots of research work on players whom we have been interested in, like identifying the right role, we want people to play and we feel will fit the bill.
"A lot also depends on how far you want to go with certain players keeping in mind the budget. Virat has been part of the process and we will be in touch with him during the break of the auction. Simon, Virat and I have been part of lots of meeting. Also, to name a few players whom I feel might be collecting big paycheques are, Robin (Uthappa) and young Tom Banton," he said.
In a video tweeted by RCB, Kohli assured fans that the franchise is going to cover all bases and build a strong team for the 2020 season.
"As you all know for the upcoming season the auctions coming up as well and I want all of you to rally behind the team, the management group, Mike and Simon (Katich) are doing a tremendous job," he said.
RCB fans have endured a difficult few years since their side finished second in 2016. In the three years since, RCB have finished last in the league table twice.
"We've had a few discussions to build a team around, strong core that we already have and we assure you that we going to cover all the bases that are required and build a very strong team to have a really good season in 2020.
"So, as I said, get behind the team and your support has always been priceless for us and will be crucial for ever and ever till we play the sport. So, thank you very much, and looking forward to the auction. Find out what's going to happen on December 19," he said.
( With inputs from IANS )