The IPL 2024 auction was held in Dubai with a dazzling display of high-stakes bidding wars. Franchises went all out to secure the services of top-notch players for the upcoming season.
Amid the intense competition, five players emerged as the most expensive signings, rewriting the record books and setting new benchmarks in IPL history.
The IPL 2024 auction showcased the dominance of fast bowlers, with overseas pacers commanding top bids.
The Australian fast-bowling duo of Starc and Cummins achieved a historic feat by becoming the first two players to breach the coveted INR 20 crore mark in salary at an IPL auction.
Check details on the 5 most expensive players in this IPL auction 2024, their team, bidding price and more.
1. Mitchell Starc (Kolkata Knight Riders) – INR 24.75 Crores
Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc stole the spotlight with his jaw-dropping deal of INR 24.75 crores, making him the most expensive signing in IPL history.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) engaged in a fierce bidding war, showcasing their determination to secure the seasoned fast bowler.
Starc’s return to the IPL after an eight-year hiatus adds a new dimension to KKR’s bowling arsenal, and his remarkable track record promises to be a game-changer for the franchise.
2. Pat Cummins (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – INR 20.50 Crores
Australian captain Pat Cummins set the tone for the auction, commanding a staggering INR 20.50 crores from Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
The talented fast bowler, instrumental in Australia’s recent successes, became the first player to breach the INR 20 crore mark in salary at an IPL auction.
Cummins’ exceptional performances in international cricket added to the allure, making him a prized asset for SRH as they aim for a formidable bowling attack in the upcoming season.
3. Daryl Mitchell (Chennai Super Kings) – INR 14 Crores
New Zealand’s dynamic all-rounder Daryl Mitchell secured a hefty bid of INR 14 crores from the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Mitchell’s ability to contribute with both bat and ball made him a sought-after player in the auction.
CSK’s strategic move to acquire Mitchell adds depth and versatility to their squad, further strengthening their title defense aspirations in IPL 2024.
4. Harshal Patel (Punjab Kings) – INR 11.75 Crores
Indian pacer Harshal Patel emerged as the highest-earning Indian player of the day, fetching a winning bid of INR 11.75 crores from Punjab Kings.
Known for his variations and knack for picking up crucial wickets, Patel’s impressive performances in previous IPL editions made him a coveted player in the auction.
Punjab Kings’ successful bid underscores their commitment to bolstering their bowling department and assembling a formidable squad for the upcoming season.
5. Alzarri Joseph (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – INR 11.50 Crores
West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph commanded a significant bid of INR 11.50 crores from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
RCB, needing a potent fast bowler, splurged on Joseph to address their bowling concerns.
The West Indian’s ability to generate pace and trouble batsmen earned him a lucrative deal, highlighting the franchise’s determination to fortify their bowling unit for IPL 2024.