Mitchell Starc Breaks The Record in IPL History, Becomes The Most Expensive Buy
The IPL 2024 auction was held in Dubai. The history has been created in this IPl Auction 2024 edition. Mitchell Starc, the Australian fast bowling spearhead has been bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise for a whopping 24.75 crore INR, making him the most expensive player in the history of the tournament. He goes past his countryman, Pat Cummins, who becomes the most expensive buy in the IPL in the same auction earlier. We will give you some details regarding the IPL 2024 auction in this article. So don’t go anywhere.
Mitchell Starc Breaks The Record For Most Expensive Player in IPL
The Aussie left-arm pacer, Mitchell Starc has created a record in the IPL history. He became the most expensive buy with a whopping INR 24.74 crore. KKR wins the battle in the end against the last edition’s runners-up Gujarat Titans (GT).
Starc Went Past His Countrymen
Before Mitchell Starc broke the most expensive player in IPL, Pat Cummins broke the record in the same auction. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) bought the Aussie captain for a whopping INR 20.50 crore. But after a while, Mitchell Starc went past him and became the most expensive buy in the IPL’s history.
Starc’s IPL 2024 Bidding War Breakout
We always knew that Mitchell Starc is in high demand and the hype was there before the IPL 2024 auction. The bidding war started with the Delhi Capitals (DC) franchise. They put the first paddle with a base price of INR 2 crore. A five-time champion, Mumbai Indians (MI) was going head to head with DC for a long time.
KKR came into play when they raised their hand for the first time at INR 9.80 crore. GT joins the party and no one was holding back for a long time. In this wild bidding war, KKR came out as a winner as they bought Mitchell Starc for INR 24.75 crore. The pacer will be a part of the KKR franchise after 6 years. KKR bought Starc before as well in the IPL 2018 auction for INR 9.40 crore. But the pacer missed the whole tournament due to a leg fracture.
Pat Cummins broke the record earlier
Before Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins broke the record as SRH bought him for an INR 20.50 crore, winning against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the bidding war. He becomes the most expensive player in the IPL history for a while. But as we informed you earlier, Starc didn’t take too much time to go past Cummins.
Cummins’ IPL Bidding Breakout
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) started with an opening bid of INR 2 crore. MI also went for the pacer for a while before RCB came in. CSK stopped after 7.60 crore and then RCB and SRH went berserk for the Aussie pacer.
SRH finally bought Pat Cummins for INR 20.50 crore and now he has become the 2nd most expensive buy in the IPL history.
Cummins, before missing the IPL 2023, has played 3 seasons (from 2020 to 2022) for KKR. He got an IPL contract of INR 15.50 crore in the IPL 2020 and 2021. The franchise again bought him in the IPL 2022 auction for INR 7.25 crore.
A Good Day For The Pacers
We saw a high demand for the fast bowlers in the IPL 2024. And particularly the overseas fast bowlers. Other than Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, a few other pacers have also got some lucrative Indian Premier League IPL contracts.
Another two Australian pacers, Lance Morris and Jhye Richardson got some big bucks in the IPL 2024 auction. The former went to GT for INR 10 crore and the latter was bought by DC for INR 5 crore.
Nuwan Thushara, who gives a touch of a former Sri Lankan legend, Lasith Malinga was bought by MI for INR 4.80 crore. Another Sri Lankan pacer, Dilshan Madhushanka has been rewarded for his recent WC performance. MI bought him for INR 4.60 crore, after winning against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in a bidding war.
Alzarri Joseph, a Windies pacer went to RCB for a whopping INR 11.50 crore. A new young South African sensation, Gerald Coetzee went to MI for INR 5 crore in the auction.
As far as the Indian pacer is concerned, Harshal Patel was sold for INR INR 11.75 crore to Punjab Kings (PBKS).
A Few Batters Also Had Very Good Outings In The Auction
Other than the pacers, a few batters also got some bucks in the auction. One of the top picks is Daryll Mitchell. A Kiwi batting all-rounder went under the hammer and CSK in the end, bought him for a whopping INR 14 crore.
Travis Head was a hot topic before the auction because of his recent success. He went to SRH for INR 6.80 crore. Rilee Rossouw, who went unsold in the first round got INR 8 crore from PBKS.
Big Day For Some Of The Uncapped Indian Batters As Well
Sameer Rizvi, a 20-year-old youngster from UP went to CSK for an INR 8.40 crore in the auction. DC bought Kumar Kushagra for INR 7.20 crore.
So these are a few highlights from the IPL 2024 auction. We will keep updating you regarding the event. Keep following us for the updates.
1. When was the last time Mitchell Starc played in the IPL?
Mitchell Starc played for RCB in the IPL 2014-15. KKR bought him in 2018 but he missed the season due to injury. He hasn’t played an IPL game since 2015.
2. Who was the most expensive player in the IPL history before this auction?
Sam Curran, bought by the PBKS in the IPL 2023 auction for INR 18.50 crore was the most expensive player before this auction.