Dubai witnessed a cricketing spectacle at the IPL 2024 auction as Harshal Patel, the seasoned all-rounder, became the focal point of a riveting bidding war, ultimately being clinched by Punjab Kings for a staggering INR 11.75 crore.
The IPL auction 2024, held at the Coca-Cola Arena, started with heightened anticipation, and Harshal’s acquisition emerged as one of the standout moments of the day.
Harshal Patel, a familiar face in the T20 circuit, found himself at the center of attention after not being retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
The right-arm pacer had previously donned the RCB jersey and had a stellar 2021 season, ending as the Purple Cap holder with an impressive tally of 32 wickets from 15 games.
During the IPL 2024 auction, the bidding war for Harshal Patel began with interest from both Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans. Gujarat Titans entered the fray with an initial bid of INR 10.50 crore, setting the stage for a potential battle.
However, in a surprising turn of events, Gujarat Titans decided to withdraw from the race, leaving Punjab Kings and Lucknow to engage in a head-to-head battle for the prized all-rounder.
The Preity Zinta-owned Punjab Kings, displaying unwavering determination, emerged victorious by securing Harshal Patel for an eye-watering INR 11.75 crore, making him the second most expensive buy of the auction day.
This blockbuster deal not only underscores Harshal’s prowess as a valuable asset but also emphasizes Punjab Kings’ commitment to building a formidable squad for the upcoming IPL season.
Harshal Patel’s journey to Punjab Kings comes on the heels of his release by RCB, who parted ways with him during the pre-auction phase.
Despite the high expectations set by his previous season, Harshal had a relatively muted performance in 2023, securing 14 wickets with an economy rate of 9.66.
As Harshal Patel embarks on a new chapter with Punjab Kings, the cricketing fraternity is buzzing with excitement, eager to witness how he will contribute to the team’s campaign in IPL 2024.