The IPL 2024 auctions witnessed an electrifying showdown as Mitchell Starc, the illustrious Australian fast bowler, clinched a monumental deal with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), creating history with a jaw-dropping bid of INR 24.75 crore. This staggering sum cemented Starc’s status as the highest-priced player ever in IPL history.
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The bidding war between KKR and the Gujrat Titans (GT) for the prized Australian pacer unfolded as a gripping saga, with KKR ultimately triumphing after a prolonged and heated battle for his services.
Starc’s groundbreaking acquisition outpaced his fellow countryman, Pat Cummins, as the costliest player in the IPL. Interestingly, amidst a fierce contention involving Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Hyderabad, all vying for the services of the 2023 World Cup captain, Starc ultimately found a new home with the Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH) for an impressive sum of INR 20.5 crore.
Beyond Starc’s exceptional bowling prowess, the cricketing world acknowledges Pat Cummins for his extraordinary leadership qualities, setting him apart in the realm of cricket. Sunrises Hyderabad’s decision to invest INR 20.5 crore in the 30-year-old was not solely driven by his bowling skills but also by their deep conviction in Cummins’ leadership acumen, fitting seamlessly into the team’s desired profile.
The IPL 2024 auctions will be etched in history, marked by Starc’s monumental deal and Cummins’ recognition for both his cricketing abilities and leadership attributes, shaping the dynamics of the league’s future battles on and off the field.