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IPL 2024: Starc Shatters Records with ₹24.75 Crore Deal

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Cricket enthusiasts were in for a roller-coaster ride as the IPL Auction 2024 unfolded, revealing unexpected turns and jaw-dropping deals. The highlight of the event was Australian pacer Mitchell Starc becoming the most expensive player in IPL history, securing a staggering ₹24.75 crore bid from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). This momentous bidding war surpassed previous records, elevating Starc above his captain Pat Cummins, who held the title with ₹20.50 crore.

The nail-biting auction saw intense battles between Mumbai Indians (MI), Delhi Capitals (DC), Gujarat Titans, and KKR, creating an atmosphere of anticipation. Ultimately, KKR emerged victorious, securing Starc’s services for the upcoming season. The bidding frenzy showcased the league’s escalating stakes, making it a memorable event for fans worldwide.

In addition to Starc’s record-breaking deal, uncapped Indian talents also commanded attention. Sameer Rizwi, an emerging batter, fetched ₹8.4 crore as he joined Chennai Super Kings (CSK), while Rajasthan Royals (RR) secured another uncapped talent, Shubham Dubey. The auction witnessed a bidding war between Delhi Capitals and RR, culminating in Dubey joining the former champions.

The spending spree continued as Punjab Kings acquired Indian pacer Harshal Patel for a whopping ₹11.75 crores, making him the second richest player in the IPL 2024 auction. Patel’s exceptional performance in the previous IPL season contributed to the substantial bid, showcasing the teams’ strategic approach to securing key players.

Mumbai Indians secured South African pacer Gerald Coetzee for ₹5 crores, engaging in a competitive bidding battle with Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants. Coetzee, yet to make his IPL debut, brings promise to the Mumbai-based franchise, adding depth to their pace attack.

Kiwi batting all-rounder Daryl Mitchell emerged as the third millionaire of the auction, with Chennai Super Kings acquiring him for ₹14 crores. Having skipped the 16th season, Mitchell returns to the IPL, set to wear the yellow jersey for CSK in the upcoming edition.

As the dust settles on the action-packed auction, the franchises gear up to utilize their allocated budgets strategically. The Gujarat Titans lead with a budget of ₹38.15 crore, aiming to fill eight slots, followed closely by Sunrisers Hyderabad with ₹34 crore for six slots. Kolkata Knight Riders, with ₹32.7 crore for 12 slots, are poised for a calculated squad-building exercise.

While termed a ‘mini’ auction, the 2024 edition promises excitement and unpredictability, with 77 slots up for grabs across all teams. The franchises, armed with considerable financial resources, embark on a quest to assemble winning combinations, ensuring a riveting season of the Indian Premier League.

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