The IPL 2024 auction witnessed two major signings, reaching sky-high bids of up to INR 24 crore. Among these, Australian speedster Mitchell Starc stole the show, clinching the title of the most expensive player in IPL history. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) sealed the deal for Starc at a staggering INR 24.75 crore, surpassing the previous records.
The bidding war for Starc escalated between KKR and Gujrat Titans (GT), with KKR emerging victorious in acquiring the coveted Australian pacer. Starc’s feat outstripped his compatriot Pat Cummins, who held the title earlier. Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH) had signed Cummins for INR 20.5 crore after a fierce bidding battle involving Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
This auction marked the historic breaking of the 20-crore mark for the first time in IPL history, signifying the escalating values in the league.
Reflecting on the past years, various star players have held the title of the most expensive in different IPL seasons.
However, Australian captain Pat Cummins made history at the IPL 2024 Auction by becoming the costliest player ever in the league, bagging a staggering INR 20.5 crore deal with Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH).
Cummins isn’t just a stellar bowler but also a reliable batsman, and his leadership skills set him apart. SRH aimed for this versatile profile, justifying their hefty INR 20.5 crore bid for the seasoned player.
From MS Dhoni in 2008 to Mitchell Starc in 2024, the list includes prominent names like Andrew Flintoff, Kevin Pietersen, Yuvraj Singh, and Shane Watson, among others. These players made headlines for their remarkable acquisitions in the history of the IPL auctions.