Australian pacer Mitchell Starc made history at the IPL 2024 Auction, becoming the costliest player ever. Kolkata Knight Riders secured Starc for a whopping ₹24.75 crore, surpassing the previous record held by his captain, Pat Cummins.
IPL 2024 Auction Highlights
Starc triggered an intense bidding war involving Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Titans, and eventually Kolkata Knight Riders. The competition exceeded the ₹20.50 crore spent on Cummins, with KKR emerging victorious at ₹24.75 crore.
Other Notable IPL Auction 2024 Highlights
- Harshal Patel’s Whopping Deal: Punjab Kings acquired Indian pacer Harshal Patel for ₹11.75 crores, making him the second richest player in the IPL 2024 auction.
- Gerald Coetzee to Mumbai Indians: Mumbai Indians secured South African pacer Gerald Coetzee for ₹5 crores after a competitive bidding process.
- Daryl Mitchell Joins CSK: Kiwi batting all-rounder Daryl Mitchell became the third millionaire in the auction, joining Chennai Super Kings for ₹14 crores.
Financial Landscape and Franchise Strategies
The total spendable amount across the ten franchises is ₹262.95 crore, with Gujarat Titans leading with ₹38.15 crore. Teams are strategically allocating budgets to fill squad slots, with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders closely following.
Anticipation for a Star-Studded Season
Despite being termed a ‘mini’ auction, the IPL 2024 Auction promises excitement and high stakes. With 77 available slots and a mix of experienced and fresh talent, franchises aim to fine-tune their squads for another thrilling IPL season.
A Tradition of High Stakes
The IPL 2024 auction, an eagerly awaited tradition, has evolved into a significant global event. The 2024 edition, while smaller in scale, holds immense importance, offering teams the chance to strategically build winning combinations. The auction, synonymous with excitement, sets the stage for an action-packed season in the Indian Premier League.