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The IPL Auction 2024 has concluded, with 72 players sold on a hectic day of bidding from all ten participating clubs. All of the teams were able to fill their rosters for the 2024 season, with several prominent players receiving significant salary increases. Australians were left smiling as the reigning ODI World Cup champions were among the big earners. The record for the most expensive player in IPL auction history was broken twice during the day, while several uncapped talents were also able to bag large sums of money at the end of the day.
In this article, we will take a look at the top 10 buys from the 2024 IPL Auction.
Top 10 Most Expensive Players in IPL 2024 Auction
|Rs. 24.75 Crores
|Kolkata Knight Riders
|Rs. 20.50 Crores
|Rs. 14 Crores
|Chennai Super Kings
|Rs. 11.75 Crores
|Rs. 11.50 Crores
|Royal Challengers Bangalore
|Rs. 10 Crores
|Rs. 8.40 Crores
|Chennai Super Kings
|Rs. 8 Crores
|Rs. 7.40 Crores
|Rs. 7.40 Crores
On the day, KKR held off opposition from the Gujarat Titans as both teams competed for Mitchell Starc’s services. The name of the Australian pacer was offered up for auction and instantly drew attention from teams like the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. KKR and GT would take over and push it above the 20-crore level, and the two-time IPL champions KKR would end up with their man for a record fee of Rs. 24.75 Cr. Starc now top the chart of most expensive players in the league after the auction of IPL 2024.
Pat Cummins, another big-money name, was the subject of a huge bidding war between SRH and RCB. With the larger purse, the Hyderabad team was able to stretch their muscles a little more and was insistent on acquiring the Australian captain. Cummins went on to shatter Sam Curran’s record for the most expensive player in auction history at the moment, becoming the first player to cross the 20-crore mark.
Daryl Mitchell was a bit of a surprise signing for CSK, considering they weren’t in the race until the very end. PBKS and DC were vying for Mitchell’s signature, and it appeared like the Mohali-based side was set to acquire their man. Chennai entered the battle and secured their guy for 14 crores.
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Harshal Patel has found a new home in the IPL after joining PBKS for a staggering 11.75 crore, making him the most expensive Indian player in the 2024 auction. The Gujarat Titans had begun bidding for Harshal before Punjab stepped up. LSG gave them a late run for the money, but they hung on to get their man in the end.
At the auction, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) paid Rs. 11.50 crore to acquire West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph. After Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings engaged in a bidding war, Alzarri Joseph, a fast bowler from the West Indies, caught the attention of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants. The Gujarat Titans (GT) released Alzarri Joseph before to the IPL 2024 auction. He was a key player in the Ahmedabad-based team’s 2022 IPL victory, having signed a contract for Rs 2.4 crore. For GT, the Antiguan bowler claimed 14 wickets in 16 games.
Another major surprise of the day was Spencer Johnson’s involvement in a bidding battle. To get Johnson’s services, GT had to outbid the Delhi Capitals. There was a base price of Rs 50 lakh for the left-arm pacer of the Brisbane Heat. GT originally faced competition from the Kolkata Knight Riders, with offers reaching Rs 85 lakh. DC then entered the competition and raised the prize to Rs. 10 crores.
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In the IPL 2024 auction, uncapped India talent Sameer Rizvi sparked a major bidding war, with the Chennai Super Kings paying Rs 8.40 crore for the right-handed batter. CSK had to beat off the 2022 winners and last year’s runners-up, the Gujarat Titans, for Rizvi’s signing. GT pressed the 5-time champs hard before finally acquiring him for a whopping Rs 8.40 crore.
Rilee Rossouw originally went unsold during the auction’s first phase but found himself during a bidding battle during the accelerator round. DC, Rossouw’s IPL 2023 home, competed with PBKS for the services of the South African hard hitter. Finally, Punjab was able to hang on and secure its guy for Rs. 8 crores.
Following his release from Punjab Kings, Shahrukh Khan has found another Indian Premier League home with Gujarat Titans after being a top bidder in the mini auction for IPL 2024.PBKS was back in the hunt for the TN batter, but GT appeared to be more interested in adding a finisher to their ranks and filling the void created by Hardik Pandya’s transfer.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) paid INR 7.40 crore for West Indies T20I captain Rovman Powell. Powell was the first player auctioned on December 19, and he drew interest from both KKR and RR. The Royals were able to ward off attention from the two-time winners and eventually acquired the West Indies T20I captain.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Mitchell Starc is the most expensive player in IPL history. He was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for 24.75 Crores.
Pat Cummins, the 2nd most expensive player in the history of IPL and the first to cross 20-crore mark was sold to SRH for 20.50 crores.
The overseas players, especially Australians, target the mini auction where big money is splurged, and that it is time to have a fixed overseas cap on overseas players. Another reason behind the overseas players being in high demand is their skills, experience of playing leagues across the globe, and availability.