The player auction, conducted in Dubai on December 19 in preparation for the 2024 Indian
The player auction, conducted in Dubai on December 19 in preparation for the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL), saw clubs lavishly spending their funds on a select group of renowned cricketers.
Upon joining the Sunrisers, World Cup-winning Australian captain Pat Cummins became the most expensive player in IPL history. However, that record was soon surpassed by compatriot Mitchell Starc's Rs. 24.75 crore transfer to the Kolkata Knight Riders.
A few domestic players, in addition to the international players, also benefited monetarily from the auction.
Rs 24.75 crore: Following his performances in the ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023, the Australian speedster was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for an exorbitant price of Rs 24.75 crore. Starc last played in the Indian Premier tournament (IPL) in 2016, although he has 34 wickets in 27 games in the franchise T20 tournament. To get this agreement, KKR had to beat off opposition from the Delhi Capitals (DC), Gujarat Titans (GT), and Mumbai Indians (MI), among others.
2. Pat Cummins
The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) signed the World Cup-winning skipper for 20.50 crore, making him the second-most expensive player in IPL history. Cummins missed the IPL last season to concentrate on his international cricket commitments, and the choice paid off as the bowler guided Australia to World Test Championship (WTC) and ODI World Cup titles. Will Cummins succeed Aiden Markram as SRH captain? Wait and see is the only way to find out.
Rs 14 crore: During the recently concluded World Cup, the Kiwi batter played the usual No. 4, hitting 552 runs at an average of 69 and recording century in both matches against India. His impressive middle-order performances drew the curiosity of CSK management, who paid a premium price for the skilled right-hander.
4. Harshal Patel
Rs 11.75 crore: The medium pacer was released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), but the Punjab Kings (PBKS) invested Rs 11.75 crore on him. Harshal Patel held the purple cap in IPL 2021 and has a broad range of variations that might be effective in the vast Mohali boundaries.
11.5 crore rupees: After releasing Josh Hazlewood, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) grabbed the Caribbean pacer to improve their bowling attack. Joseph formerly played for the Gujarat Titans (GT) and has 20 wickets at an economy rate of 9.19 in 19 league games.
6. Spencer Johnson
Rs 10 crore: GT paid a high price for Australian fast bowler Spencer Johnson, a left-arm pacer who has played 20 T20 games and collected 17 wickets at an economy of 7.84 in his brief career. The bowler may be useful early in the innings, extracting movement from the surface, and then be as useful with the older ball, employing his variations to excellent effect. Johnson is still an untested commodity in the IPL, and it remains to be seen if he is worth the money paid for him.
7. Sameer Rizvi
Rs 8.4 crore: In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 auction in Dubai on Tuesday, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) broke the bank by paying Rs 8.5 crore for Uttar Pradesh (UP) batter Sameer Rizvi, 20. CSK, Gujarat Titans (GT), and Delhi Capitals (DC) were all vying for the services of the youthful power batter. Rizvi is expected to make his debut in the lucrative franchise T20 competition next season, after a powerful performance for the Kanpur Superstars in the UP T20 competition.
Rs 8 crore: Surprisingly, the South African southpaw went unsold the first time his name was called. The Punjab Kings, on the other hand, went all guns blazing, spending Rs 8 crore for the big batter as the auction dynamics turned out in such a manner that they needed to improve their batting unit. Rossouw has 624 runs at an average of 36.78 and a strike rate of 156.02 in 24 T20Is.
9. Shahrukh Khan
Rs 7.4 crore: The Tamil Nadu batter was released, but he found new takers with the Gujarat Titans, who were searching for fresh middle-order additions following Hardik Pandya's exit. Shahrukh has not lived up to the expectations in the IPL so far, but he surely has the ability to quiet the detractors. The Titans have made the most of numerous untapped potentials in recent years, and Shahrukh might be one of them in the next season.
10. Rovman Powell
Rs 7.4 crore: The Rajasthan Royals (RR) paid Rs 7.4 crore for the West Indian hitter, who was aiming to add firepower to their middle order. Powell's deficiencies against spin bowling have become apparent in recent seasons, but he remains a good hitter against pacers, which the Royals may exploit if he is used in particular periods of the innings.
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