Dubai: Kolkata Knight Riders surprised everyone by bidding for Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc for Rs 24.75 crore in the IPL mini auction.
The mini auction for the 2024 IPL series was held in Dubai yesterday. All 10 teams filled their spots from the 333-man roster. There was a fierce competition between Gujarat Titans and Kolkata Knight Riders for the bidding of Australia’s left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc. Mitchell Starc was eventually bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 24.75 crore.
With this, Mitchell Starc has set the record for the highest bid in the history of IPL. Earlier last year, Punjab Kings bid for England all-rounder Sam Karan for Rs 18.50 crore was the highest. While Mitchell Starc’s base price was fixed at Rs 2 crore, he has now been bought for several times that amount.
Along with Mitchell Starc, West Indies batsman Sherban Rutherford for Rs 1.50 crore, Indian wicket-keeper batsman KS Bharat for Rs 50 lakh, pacer Chetan Zakaria for Rs 50 lakh, Indian all-rounder Ramandeep Singh for Rs 20 lakh, batsman Engrish Kolkata team bid for Raghuvanshi for Rs 20 lakhs.
Sunrisers: Australian captain and fast all-rounder Pat Cummins was bought by Sunrisers for Rs 20.50 crore. This made Cummins the second highest bid in IPL history. CSK, Mumbai and Bengaluru teams showed interest in bidding for him. But he was lured by the Hyderabad team for a huge amount.
Hyderabad also bid for Australian opening batsman Travis Head for Rs 6.80 crore, Indian fast bowler Jayadev Unathgat for Rs 1.60 crore, Sri Lankan all-rounder Vanindu Hazaranga for Rs 1.50 crore and Indian bowler Akash Singh for Rs 20 lakh.
Chennai Super Kings: Chennai Super Kings bid for New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell for Rs 14 crore, India’s Shardul Thakur for Rs 4 crore, Bangladesh left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman for Rs 2 crore and New Zealand all-rounder Rachin Ravindra for Rs 1.80 crore.
CSK then bought Sameer Rizvi, a batsman from Uttar Pradesh, for Rs 8.40 crore. There was a three-way competition to bid for him, whose base price was fixed at Rs 20 lakh. Along with CSK, Gujarat Titans and Delhi teams also wrestled. The Delhi team withdrew after crossing Rs 7.60 crore. After this, after wrestling with Gujarat team, CSK finally bought Sameer Rizvi.
Delhi Capitals: The Delhi Capitals have signed Indian U-19 player Jharkhand wicketkeeper batsman Kumar Kushagra for Rs 7.20 crore, Australia fast bowler Jay Richardson for Rs 5 crore, England batsman Harry Brooke for Rs 4 crore, Indian all-rounder Sumit Kumar for Rs 1 crore and South African team for Rs 1 crore. It bid for wicketkeeper batsman Tristan Stubbs for Rs 50 lakh, wicket keeper Ricky Phuyi for Rs 20 lakh and bowler Rashik Dhar for Rs 20 lakh.
Gujarat Titans: Gujarat Titans will buy Australian fast bowler Spencer Johnson for Rs 10 crore, Tamil Nadu all-rounder Shah Rukh Khan for Rs 7.40 crore, Indian pacer Umesh Yadav for Rs 5.80 crore, wicketkeeper Robin Minns for Rs 3.60 crore, bowlers Sushant Mishra for Rs 2.20 crore, Karthik It bought Tyagi for Rs 60 lakh, Afghanistan all-rounder Asmadullah Omarzai for Rs 50 lakh and Indian bowler Manav Sudhar for Rs 20 lakh.
Lucknow Supergiants: Lucknow Supergiants bought Indian fast bowler Shivam Mavi for Rs 6.40 crore. It followed by bidding for Indian bowler M Siddharth for Rs 2.40 crore, England all-rounder David Willey for Rs 2 crore, Australia batsman Ashton Turner for Rs 1 crore and India’s Arshin Kulkarni for Rs 20 lakh.
Mumbai Indians: Mumbai will get South African all-rounder Gerald Coetzee for Rs 5 crore, Sri Lanka spinner Nuwan Tushara for Rs 4.80 crore, Sri Lanka pacer Dilshan Madhushanka for Rs 4.60 crore, Indian bowler Shreyas Gopal, all-rounders Anshul Kamboj and Naman Dhir for Rs 20 each. It was bid for lakhs.
Punjab Kings: The Punjab Kings bid for India’s all-rounder Harshal Patel for Rs 11.75 crore and England’s Chris Woakes for Rs 4.20 crore. They then bought India’s all-rounders Danai Thiagarajan, Viswanath Pratap Singh, Ashutosh Sharma and batsman Shashank Singh for Rs 20 lakh each.
Rajasthan Royals: Rajasthan Royals bid for West Indies T20 captain Rowman Powell for Rs 7.40 crore, Indian batsman Shubham Dubey for Rs 5.80 crore and England wicketkeeper Tom Kohler-Cotmore for Rs 40 lakh.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore bought West Indies fast bowler Alsari Joseph for Rs 11.50 crore, Indian bowler Yashdayal for Rs 5 crore and England all-rounder Tom Curran for Rs 1.50 crore amid fierce competition.