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IPL 2024 Auction Recap: Million-Dollar Deals and Surprise Picks Dominate

A whirlwind of bids and big spending. The IPL 2024 auction saw a total of 72 players securing contracts on Tuesday. With a staggering combined expenditure of INR 230.45 crore by the 10 participating teams.

IPL 2024 Auction Recap

The overnight fortunes of uncapped Indian cricketers Shubham Dubey and Sameer Rizvi took a dramatic turn as RR. CSK splurged INR 5.8 crore and INR 8.4 crore, respectively, to acquire their services. Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc made history by becoming the costliest player in IPL history. Commanding a whopping INR 24.75 crore from KKR. Surpassing his captain Pat Cummins’ record set just an hour earlier. He was picked up by SRH for INR 20.5 crore.

IPL 2024 Auction Recap: Million-Dollar Deals and Surprise Picks Dominate

Indian pacers Umesh Yadav and Shivam Mavi fetched INR 5.8 crore and 6.4 crore, going to GT and LSG, respectively. Daryl Mitchell, the New Zealand all-rounder, secured a lucrative deal with CSK for INR 14 crore. PBKS broke the bank for Harshal Patel, acquiring him for a hefty INR 11.75 crore.

CSK, strategic in their choices. Shardul Thakur (INR 4 crore) and Rachin Ravindra (INR 1.8 crore) to their roster in the second set. West Indies T20 captain Rovman Powell was the first player sold in IPL 2024. With RR winning a fierce bidding war against KKR, securing him for a staggering INR 7.40 crore.

IPL 2024 Auction Recap: Million-Dollar Deals and Surprise Picks Dominate

While there were no takers for Rilee Rossouw, DC snapped up Harry Brook for INR 4 crore. Another intense bidding war unfolded for Australia’s Travis Head between CSK and SRH. With SRH finally securing the World Cup final hero for INR 6.8 crore.

Surprisingly, there were no takers for Steve Smith, Karun Nair, and Manish Pandey. Overseas keepers and spinners, including Josh Inglis, Kusal Mendis, Adil Rashid, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, also went unsold, as expected.

IPL 2024 Auction Recap: Million-Dollar Deals and Surprise Picks Dominate

In the accelerated auction, uncapped Australian left-arm pacer Spencer Johnson stole the spotlight. Attracting a hefty INR 10 crore bid from Gujarat Titans. However, international cricketers like Rassie van der Dussen, Jimmy Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Matt Henry, and Kyle Jamieson went unsold. GT further strengthened their squad by securing uncapped wicketkeeper Robin Minz for INR 3.6 crore.

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