New Delhi: In a historic IPL auction this week, Australian pace sensation Mitchell Starc shattered records as the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) secured his services for an unprecedented Rs 24.75 crore.
Starc, making a comeback to the IPL after an eight-year hiatus, outbid fellow Australian Pat Cummins, who briefly held the new record before being snagged by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for a substantial sum of Rs 20.50 crore.
The bidding war continued with Rajasthan Royals (RR) initiating the auction for West Indian power-hitter Rovman Powell. After a fierce contest with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Rajasthan emerged victorious, finalizing the deal at Rs 7.40 crore.
Powell, initially listed with a base price of Rs 1 crore, found himself in a lucrative agreement after being released by the Delhi Capitals.
In other notable auction moves, England’s Harry Brook, previously bought by SRH for 13.25 crore, has been picked up by Delhi Capitals for Rs 4 crore. Australia’s World Cup final hero Travis Head was acquired by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 6.8 crore.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) made significant purchases, securing New Zealand’s Rachin Ravindra for Rs 1.8 crore and acquiring Daryl Mitchell for a whopping Rs 14 crore. CSK also added the services of Indian pacer Shardul Thakur for Rs 4 crore.
The Punjab Kings made a valuable acquisition in the form of Harshal Patel, securing his services for a hefty price of Rs 11.75 crore. In an unexpected move, uncapped Indian Sameer Rizvi went to CSK for a substantial amount of Rs 8.40 crore.