Hits & misses: From record-breaking buys to heartbreaking disappointments at IPL 2024 auction | Cricket News – Times of India

New Delhi: The IPL 2024 Auction The tournament’s history saw record-breaking buyouts as some players shelled out huge sums, teams made extravagant bids. At the same time, some elite players faced disappointment as teams deemed them unsuitable for their needs.
Take a look at some of the biggest buys and biggest disappointments from the IPL auction in Dubai on Tuesday:
Buys at the top
Mitchell Starc (Rs. 24.75 crores)
Australia’s Mitchell Starc became the most expensive player in Indian Premier League (IPL) history with Kolkata Knight Riders bidding for Rs 24.75 crore in the player auction on Tuesday.
Back after a gap of eight years, left-arm pacer Starc is in demand as his name goes under the hammer with Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals vying for his services. Both, however, backed out when the bidding intensified and Kolkata outbid the Gujarat titans to submit the winning bid for the 33-year-old.

Pat Cummins (Rs. 20.5 crores)
Australian captain Pete Cummins briefly held the record when Sunrisers Hyderabad agreed to part with Starc for Rs 20.5 crore for his services before bettering the mark. Barely a month after leading Australia to the 50-over World Cup title in India, Cummins took part in the auction with a base price of Rs 2 crore.
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings were initially interested in him but both pulled out as a result of a two-way bidding war. Royal Challengers Bangalore doggedly pursued Cummins but 2016 champions Hyderabad had the last laugh in a tug-of-war over the pacer, who has also developed into a handy lower-order hitter.

Daryl Mitchell (Rs. 14 Crores)
Daryl Mitchell’s salary was huge when Chennai Super Kings spent Rs 14 crore for the New Zealand batsman. After Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings battled it out earlier, CSK bought Mitchell as a late entry in the fierce bidding war.
Mitchell, who was previously associated with Rajasthan Royals, took center stage as the bidding war between Delhi and Punjab escalated. He was New Zealand’s second most successful batsman in WC 2023, scoring 552 runs at an average of 69.00 with two centuries and two fifties in 10 matches.

Harshal Patel (Rs. 11.75 crores)
Another who broke the bank was Harshal Patel who bagged Rs 11.75 crore from Punjab Kings. Herschel, who was released by RCB ahead of the auction, is a sought after Indian fast bowler going the distance with the Punjab Kings.

Al-Zari Joseph (Rs. 11.5 crores)
West Indian speedster Alzari Joseph was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 11.5 crore. The young and fast bowler, known for his quick pace and ability to shake the stumps, became the focus of a fierce bidding war that kept fans on the edge of their seats.

The biggest disappointment.
Steve Smith
The biggest surprise in this year’s IPL auction came in the form of Steve Smith, who will not be seen in action after franchises showed no interest in signing him. Smith moved from Rajasthan Royals to Delhi Capitals after being bought for Rs 2.20 crore in the player auction ahead of IPL 2021. The right-handed batsman has scored over 2485 runs in 103 IPL games, including one century and 11 fifties.
Josh Hazlewood
Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood failed to attract any bids in the IPL 2024 auction due to his unavailability in the first half of the tournament.
Hazlewood, who was instrumental in Australia’s recent ODI World Cup win, will be out in March and April as the fast bowler and his wife are expecting their first child. It was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore and was included in the base price category of Rs 2 crore.
Josh Inglis, Adil Rashid and Rashee van der Dusen are the other big names who went unsold.
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