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The player auction for the 17th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2024 concluded recently, with teams making significant investments in both international and domestic cricketers to bolster their squads. This eagerly awaited event unfolded in Dubai on December 19, resulting in the ten IPL franchises collectively spending ₹230.45 crores to acquire a total of 72 players for the upcoming season.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) made a significant financial investment to secure the services of Mitchell Starc at a substantial cost of ₹24.75 crore, making him the highest-paid player in IPL history. This surpassed the previous record set by Pat Cummins, who joined the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for ₹20.50 crore. While the attention is often drawn to such high-profile acquisitions, several franchises managed to make astute signings that could prove influential in the tournament. Fortunately, these teams were able to address gaps in their XI from the previous season without exhausting a significant portion of their budget. In this regard, let’s explore the top five steals from the recently concluded IPL 2024 mini-auction.
Top 5 Biggest Bargains of IPL Auction 2024
|Price (in INR)
|Chennai Super Kings
|Chennai Super Kings
Gerald Coetzee – ₹5 crore to MI
In an auction where fast bowlers like Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc fetched exorbitant sums exceeding ₹20 crore, the Mumbai Indians (MI) may have made a savvy move by acquiring Gerald Coetzee for a relatively modest ₹5 crore. Ahead of the auction, Mumbai sought to reinforce their bowling lineup and had their eyes on various bowlers, including Coetzee, who delivered an outstanding performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup for South Africa. Making his debut in India, Coetzee emerged as the leading wicket-taker for the Proteas, claiming an impressive 20 wickets at an average of 19.80 in just eight matches. Known for his brisk deliveries and additional pace, Coetzee is anticipated to secure a guaranteed spot in the starting lineup for MI.
Shardul Thakur – ₹4 crore to CSK
Memories bring back Dhool memories! ✨⏪ pic.twitter.com/6ftzBHOZFM— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) December 19, 2023
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) enthusiasts will surely be thrilled with the return of Shardul Thakur to the team after a two-year absence. The Indian pace-bowling all-rounder is a scarce find in the IPL, making players like Thakur and Harshal Patel highly anticipated and likely to command significant amounts at the auction. Nevertheless, CSK managed to secure a favorable deal by acquiring Thakur for ₹4 crore. Thakur’s reintroduction not only provides CSK with a valuable experience boost in the bowling department but also affords them the opportunity to allocate their overseas slots to specialized players.
Rachin Ravindra – ₹1.80 crore to CSK
Young Lion from the Kiwi Land! 🦁🥳 pic.twitter.com/wvEiZqaOCX— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) December 19, 2023
There was considerable excitement surrounding Rachin Ravindra’s entry into the IPL 2024 mini-auction, fueled by his outstanding performance in the ODI World Cup 2023. The New Zealand cricketer showcased his prowess in the top order, emerging as the most dependable player for the Kiwis during the World Cup. Ravindra’s remarkable achievements included accumulating 578 runs with an impressive average of 64.22, featuring three centuries. His commanding presence against some of the world’s top bowlers demonstrated both composure and maturity, qualities that are expected to serve him well in mastering the challenges of the IPL. While he faces competition for a spot in CSK, Ravindra appears to be a strategic signing reminiscent of “MS Dhoni,” contributing across all three cricketing departments.
Wanindu Hasaranga – ₹1.50 crore to SRH
Wanindu Hasaranga emerged as a remarkable steal during the IPL 2024 auction, securing a spot with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at his base price of ₹1.50 crore. In addition to acquiring World Cup champions Travis Head and Pat Cummins, SRH bolstered their spin arsenal by enlisting Hasaranga, recognized as one of the premier white-ball leg-spinners in the game today.
A clever spinner with an impressive wrong’un, the Sri Lankan maestro also serves as a reliable lower-order batsman. Provided he is in good health, Hasaranga is set to lead the spin attack for Hyderabad. Acquiring a player who commanded a price of ₹10.75 crore just two years ago, the Orange Army may have discovered a cost-effective successor to Rashid Khan.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore – ₹50 Lacs to RR
New Tom & Jerry? 🔥💗 pic.twitter.com/phXt6aAESv— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) December 19, 2023
Having delivered exceptional performances in various T20 leagues worldwide, Tom Kohler-Cadmore has secured his inaugural IPL contract with the acquisition by Rajasthan Royals (RR) for a modest ₹50 lakh. Opting for Kohler-Cadmore at his base price proves to be a savvy move for Rajasthan, as they now boast a more than capable backup for Jos Buttler. Buttler experienced a lackluster IPL 2023, with an average of only 28 in 14 matches. This is where Kohler-Cadmore becomes a valuable asset for Rajasthan, offering a compelling alternative. At 29 years of age, the proficient right-hander has established himself through notable performances while representing various T20 franchises.