IPL Auction 2024: unveiling the opening act of players in the spotlight at auction's first set

Unveiling the Stage: IPL 2024 Auction Begins with Capped Batters and All-Rounders

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By Dhruv Patel | Dec 19, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The IPL 2024 Auction kicked off with anticipation and fervor at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, marking the commencement of a captivating selection process for the league’s upcoming season. Scheduled to start at 11:30 PM local time (1:00 PM IST), the auction brings forth a pool of 332 players vying for coveted spots across the 10 franchises. Among them, a maximum of 77 slots are up for grabs, featuring 30 overseas players and 214 Indian talents. Notably, this roster includes a blend of 116 capped players and 214 uncapped prospects, encompassing two players from Associate nations.

The first phase of the auction unveils two pivotal sets of Capped Batters and Capped All-Rounders. This strategic division amplifies the focus on these specific player categories, setting the stage for intense bidding wars and strategic acquisitions. The players within these sets will undergo a random selection process, adding an element of unpredictability to their auction trajectory. In the capped batters set, the bidding war saw some interesting acquisitions and surprises. England’s Harry Brook sparked early interest, fetching a commendable INR 4 crore as he joined the Delhi Capitals. Meanwhile, Travis Head, the Australian stalwart, emerged as a hot property, securing a significant INR 6.80 crore deal with the SunRisers Hyderabad.

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However, not all players found immediate takers. Indian talents Karun Nair and Manish Pandey, along with Rilee Rossouw and Steve Smith from international shores, remained unsold in the initial rounds, setting the stage for potential bidding resurgences later in the auction.

IPL Auction 2024: Here’s the complete list of players in the first set:

  • Harry Brook (England) – Base Price: INR 2 crore – Sold to Delhi Capitals for INR 4 crore
  • Travis Head (Australia) – Base Price: INR 2 crore – Sold to SunRisers Hyderabad for INR 6.80 crore
  • Karun Nair (India) – Base Price: INR 0.5 crore – Unsold in first round
  • Manish Pandey (India) – Base Price: INR 0.5 crore – Unsold in first round
  • Rovman Powell (West Indies) – Base Price: INR 1 crore – Sold to Rajasthan Royals for INR 7.40 crore
  • Rilee Rossouw (South Africa) – Base Price: INR 2 crore – Unsold in first round
  • Steve Smith (Australia) – Base Price: INR 2 crore – Unsold in first round

As the bidding unfolds, the amalgamation of talent, strategy, and calculated investments will shape the trajectories of these players, steering the franchises toward assembling formidable squads for IPL 2024. With the auction’s first phase underway, the excitement and anticipation for the subsequent selections continue to build, promising an enthralling IPL season on the horizon.

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