Something remarkable happened at the IPL 2024 auctions: Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc became the most expensive player in IPL history! Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) clinched the purchase with an astounding price of INR 24.75 crore, which stunned everyone. KKR and Gujarat Titans (GT) were in a heated battle to sign Starc. KKR won the promising Australian bowler for a record-breaking fee after a long and furious bidding war.
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Starc has surpassed his fellow Australian Pat Cummins, who previously held the record for the most expensive IPL player. Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH) signed Cummins in the latest auction for INR 20.5 crore. He is recognized for his all-around abilities and leadership characteristics, and he will lead Australia to victory in 2023.
Starc’s record-breaking bid of INR 24.75 crore shattered all prior marks, particularly the 20-crore barrier. The previous record was held by English player Sam Curran, who was purchased by Punjab Kings in the IPL 2023 auction for INR 18.50 crore.
The 30-year-old Australian sprinter has joined forces with fellow countryman Travis Head at Sunrises Hyderabad. Head, who was instrumental in the 2023 World Cup final, was acquired by SRH for INR 6.8 crore. SRH appears to be a formidable squad, thanks to Starc’s rapid bowling and Head’s powerful hitting.
It’s critical to recognize the influence Pat Cummins had while at SRH. His abilities and leadership made him a valuable player, and SRH rewarded him with a hefty INR 20.5 crore. Cummins missed last year’s IPL due to workload issues.
IPL is the best practice before the T20 World Cup starts in the USA and West Indies. This IPL season is crucial preparation for Starc for the major global tournament.
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Finally, Mitchell Starc’s historic signing with the Kolkata Knight Riders adds another element of intrigue to the 2017 IPL season. The fierce competition, large bids, and the reunion of renowned players guarantee a thrilling performance for cricket fans. As the IPL 2024 season approaches, we can’t wait to see if Starc lives up to the huge price tag and makes history on the field!