IPL auction 2024: Mitchell Starc becomes the most expensive purchase in the IPL history

The Australian left-arm quick Mitchell Starc went under the hammer and subsequently, spurred a bidding war between KKR and GT.

Mitchell Starc in a file photo. (Image: Twitter)
By Soumya | Dec 19, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Mitchell Starc has arrived at the grand stage of the auction in some style. The starting price of the left-arm quickie was Rs. 2 crore which ended at a whopping 24.75 cr. The opening of the bid was done by the Delhi Capitals who started with modest bids. However, Pant quickly raises the paddle for the Australian left-arm quick. Subsequently, DC is challenged by MI. Pant raises his paddle once more. Subsequently, two frenzied teams, KKR and GT enter the fray at 9.8 crores. The bid gradually rises to reach 10 crores. Nehra is a new bidder who prefers left-arm fast bowlers. GT and KKR have now placed bids for Starc. this bidding war ended at 24.75 cr.

Mitchell Starc creates ‘ripples’ in the auction

The Australian left-arm quick Mitchell Starc went under the hammer and subsequently, spurred a bidding war between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Gujarat Titans. Starc was sold for a whopping 24.75 cr to the Knight Riders. Interestingly, Starc is back in the IPL after an eight-year absence, but he remains a fan favourite among the franchises.

There were questions of whether the ₹20 crore mark could be breached today and Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc both dashed past that. Australian captain Cummins, who has had a golden year, capped it off by fetching a price of ₹20.50 crore, with Sunrisers Hyderabad breaking the bank for the fast bowler. His record, however, stood only for a few minutes as a teammate and fellow Australian pace stalwart Mitchell Starc got snapped up for a stunning ₹24.75 crore by KKR for what will be his first season in the IPL in eight years.

There was also an intense bidding war for Daryl Mitchell, who was eventually bought by CSK for ₹14 crore. Harshal Patel was acquired by PBKS for ₹11.75 crore. Alzarri Joseph was bought by RCB for ₹11.50 crore. Cummins and Starc’s teammate and Australia’s World Cup final hero Travis Head was also snapped up by SRH for ₹6.80 crore.

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