The IPL Auction 2024, held in Dubai, sent shockwaves across the cricketing world as Australian speedsters Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins shattered previous records with eye-watering bids. The event, closely watched by fans globally, unfolded with dramatic highs and lows, making it a riveting spectacle for cricket enthusiasts.
Mitchell Starc, the Australian World Cup-winning fast bowler, made a resounding return to the IPL scene after a hiatus since 2015. Kolkata Knight Riders made a bold move by securing Starc with a whopping bid of Rs 24.75 crore, breaking the overall record for the costliest buy at an IPL auction. Not to be outdone, Sunrisers Hyderabad snagged Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins for an astonishing Rs 20.5 crore, setting another record for the franchise.
Notably, some established names such as Steven Smith and Rilee Rossouw faced disappointment as they went unsold in this edition of the auction. India’s Karun Nair and Manish Pandey also did not find takers. However, with the names of 332 players set to go under the gavel, there is still ample anticipation and excitement about the untapped talent that might emerge.
As the 10 franchises strategically build and strengthen their squads for the upcoming IPL season, cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await the on-field action that promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Stay tuned for more updates as the IPL Auction 2024 unfolds its cricketing drama in the vibrant city of Dubai.
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