The IPL 2024 is surely going to be a blockbuster one. On December 19, the IPL auction is wrapped up. This edition of the auction has seen a lot of exciting things. This auction has seen the most expensive purchase of the tournament. Australian players were in high demand. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc sold above the amount of 20 crore. South African legend AB de Villiers talked about that.
Big Purchases of the Season:
The year 2023 has been very lucky for the whole Australian team and its players. Under Pat Cummins’ captaincy, Australia won the World Test Championship. After that, they won the Ashes against England. The biggest win was still waiting for them. They won the World Cup in 2023. With this win, they named the trophy for the sixth time.
After that excellent performance, Australian players were in high demand in the IPL auction. Franchises were fighting hard to name them in the auction. SunRisers Hyderabad purchased Australian skipper Pat Cummins with a whopping amount of 20.5 crore. Initially, this was registered as the highest purchase in the history of the IPL.
That record was broken immediately. Mitchell Starc was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders with a massive amount of 24.75 crore. He broke Cummin’s record. The bid has gone hard between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans. But KKr won the final bid and named Starc in the squad.
AB de Villiers’s Words:
After seeing the biggest purchase, AB de Villiers is stunned. He shared his feelings about that. He said, “Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc both are incredible players, but really for that price? It just shows you the demand. There was demand for fast bowlers in this year’s auction and when the demand goes up, the price goes up.”
Because of the T20 World Cup schedule, IPL is likely to commence first. As per the reports, the tournament is likely to start on March 22. All the franchises fought hard and made the best possible squad ahead of the tournament. Fans are looking forward to the upcoming IPL season.