Cummins Smashes IPL Auction Record, Joins SRH for INR 20.5 Crore

Cummins Smashes IPL Auction Record, Joins SRH for INR 20.5 Crore

In a historic moment at the IPL auction, Pat Cummins, Australia’s ODI World Cup-winning captain, set an all-time record by fetching a staggering bid of INR 20.50 crore. Sunrisers Hyderabad emerged as the winning franchise in a fierce bidding war that initially involved Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. This monumental figure surpassed the previous record held by Sam Curran, who was bought for INR 18.50 crore by Punjab Kings in the 2023 auction. Despite having a base price of INR 2 crore, Cummins’ acquisition marked a significant milestone in IPL auction history.

Rovman Powell Surprises with Rajasthan Royals

Rovman Powell, the T20I captain for the West Indies, became a surprising high earner in the early stages of the IPL 2024 auction. Rajasthan Royals secured Powell for INR 7.4 crore after engaging in competitive bidding with Kolkata Knight Riders. This substantial investment by the Royals, utilizing over half of their auction purse, marked a departure from Powell’s previous auction price of INR 2.8 crore when he was bought by Delhi Capitals in 2022.

Harry Brook Moves to Delhi Capitals

English batter Harry Brook found himself in the midst of a bidding battle, eventually being secured by Delhi Capitals for INR 4 crore. Brook, previously bought for INR 13.25 crore by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2023 auction, experienced a change in allegiance. Rajasthan Royals engaged in a bidding war for Brook, highlighting the intense competition for the talented England batter.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Acquire Travis Head

Following Harry Brook’s departure, Sunrisers Hyderabad swiftly moved to acquire Australian batter Travis Head. Head, who earned accolades as the Player of the Match in the ODI World Cup semi-final and final, was secured for INR 6.8 crore after engaging in competitive bidding with Chennai Super Kings. This move further strengthened Sunrisers’ formidable batting lineup.

Notable Players Remain Unsold

Despite high expectations, some prominent players faced disappointment in the initial bidding round. Australian batter Steven Smith, South African batter Rilee Rossouw, and Indian batters Manish Pandey and Karun Nair, all listed with a base price of INR 2 crore, went unsold. The auction dynamics showcased the unpredictability and selective choices of franchises as they build their squads for the upcoming IPL season.

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