IPL 2024 Auction: Most Expensive Player In IPL History, Sold To KKR: Mitchell Starc, the Australian speedster known for his searing yorkers and ability to blast through batting lineups, made history at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 auction.
Despite having played limited cricket in recent years due to injury and focusing on Test cricket, Starc shattered the auction record, fetching an eye-watering bid of 24.75 crores from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
IPL 2024 Auction: Starc To play in IPL after 8 Years
While Starc had put his name in previous IPL auctions, this year marked a significant comeback after nearly a nine-year hiatus from the glitzy T20 league. Starc last played in the IPL in 2015 for Virat Kohli’s star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore outfit.
He played two seasons for RCB, grabbing 17 and 9 wickets respectively. However, national duties and recurring injuries have kept the left-arm quick out of the league since then.
This time, franchises recognized Starc’s game-changing ability despite uncertainties about availability. In particular, KKR went hammer and tongs after securing the fiery Aussie’s services.
IPL 2024 Auction: Internet Flooded With Memes
After this record breaking trade in IPL Auction 2024, the internet has stromed with memes, here are some snippets:
Another user used Farzi Movie’s scene to demonstrate the mood of Mitchell Starc:
However, KKR’s CEO insisted they secure Starc’s T20 precision and intimidating presence to boost their title defense.
While many elite bowlers have gained million-dollar contracts in the IPL era, mostly it has been batting superstars that smashed records. Starc has bucked that trend. His final bid soared miles past the previous record held by compatriot Pat Cummins of 15.5 crores.
It underscores his capability of scything through the best batting lineups – despite limited appearances – and being a potential game-changer in delivering another title for the Knights.
With T20 leagues mushrooming globally, Starc’s record payday could prompt other elite bowlers to throw their hats consistently in these lucrative auctions. For now, though, KKR will be overjoyed with securing a fearsome weapon to retain their trophy in 2024.