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    Record-Breaking IPL 2024 Auction

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    In a dazzling spectacle at the IPL 2024 Auction in Dubai, the cricketing world witnessed an intense bidding war that shattered previous records, as the winning captain of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, Pat Cummins, and his compatriot Mitchell Starc, both became the center of attention. The stakes were high, especially considering the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, and within a mere two hours, the auction had already etched its name in history books.

    The auction spotlight was undeniably on Pat Cummins, who made history by becoming the most expensive player in the IPL, fetching a staggering INR 20.50 crore. However, this record was short-lived, as Mitchell Starc later eclipsed it with a jaw-dropping bid of INR 24.75 crore, securing a spot with the Kolkata Knight Riders. The Sunrisers Hyderabad emerged victorious in the bidding war for Cummins, setting the stage for an exhilarating IPL season ahead.

    Cummins, the architect of Australia’s triumph in the World Cup, surpassed the previous record set by Sam Curran at INR 18.50 crore. The bidding war involved powerhouses like Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, and as the tension escalated, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad joined the fray, creating an electrifying tussle for the Australian captain’s services.

    On the other hand, Mitchell Starc found himself amid a nail-biting battle between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans, with the former ultimately securing the prolific Australian pacer at the historic bid of INR 24.75 crore. Kolkata Knight Riders, reuniting with Starc after five years, added another formidable asset to their squad, complementing the likes of Andre Russell, Jason Roy, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, and Sunil Narine.

    Travis Head, Cummins’ compatriot and a standout performer in the World Cup semi-final and final, joined Sunrisers Hyderabad for a noteworthy sum of INR 6.80 crore. KKR’s reunion with Starc, who missed the 2018 season due to injury, adds another layer of anticipation to the upcoming IPL season.

    The IPL 2024 Auction was not only about Australian dominance; New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell secured a lucrative deal with Chennai Super Kings for INR 14 crore. CSK also displayed strategic acumen by securing emerging star Rachin Ravindra for a modest INR 1.80 crore, emphasizing their commitment to nurturing young talent.

    International stars continued to fetch substantial amounts, with West Indies T20I captain Rovman Powell heading to the Rajasthan Royals for INR 7.40 crore, and promising South African pacer Gerald Coetzee securing a spot with the Mumbai Indians for INR 5 crore.

    Capped Indian players were also in high demand, with the seasoned pacer Harshal Patel clinching a significant deal of INR 11.75 crores from the Punjab Kings. CSK outbid Sunrisers Hyderabad to bring back the Indian pacer Shardul Thakur for INR 4 crore, reinforcing their squad for the upcoming season.

    As the dust settles on the high-stakes IPL 2024 Auction, the stage is set for a thrilling season featuring cricketing giants and emerging talents. The record-breaking bids and blockbuster signings have added an extra layer of excitement to the most anticipated domestic T20 league, setting the tone for a competition of unparalleled intensity.

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