Mitchell Starc becomes the most expensive buy in IPL history

Australia’s fast bowler, Mitchell Starc has become the most expensive buy ever in Indian Premier League (IPL) history. In the ongoing IPL 2024 auction in Dubai, Starc was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for 24.75 crore (INR).

Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals engaged in a bidding war for him until the price reached 9.60 crore. Subsequently, KKR and Gujarat Titans entered into a long battle for the pacer, with KKR emerging victorious in securing his service at the price of 24.75 crore.

He surpassed the record set by his fellow Australian, Pat Cummins, who was acquired by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for 20.50 crore just a few hours earlier.

Mitchell Starc is all smiles as he goes on a celebratory run after sending back Temba Bavuma, Australia vs South Africa, Men's ODI World Cup, 2nd semi-final, Kolkata, November 16, 2023

Prior to today’s auction, Sam Curran, the all-rounder from England, held the title of the most expensive player after being signed by Punjab Kings for 18.50 crore in 2023.

After being roped in by KKR for a whopping price, Starc will make his return to IPL after eight years. The left-arm pacer previously played for RCB in the 2014 and 2015 seasons but had been away from the league for an extended period, dedicating his time to national duties.

The pace bowlers are receiving a huge amount of money in the IPL auction. Cummins was bought for 20.50 crore whereas Harsal Patel and Alzarri Joseph were signed for 11.75 and 11.50 crore respectively.

The auction, taking place in Dubai, marks the first instance of the IPL auction being held overseas. Notably, the event has also allowed the inclusion of a live audience for the first time.