The KKR raised the bar for a record-breaking bid for Mitchell Starc and justified the price tag by saying the Australian speedster “was a preferred player from skill-set standpoint”. Not long after, Sunrisers Hyderabad also made an unprecedented purchase of Australia captain Pat Cummins. The KKR raised the bar for a record-breaking bid for Starc, who last played in the IPL in 2015. It was an intense bidding war between KKR and Gujarat Titans for Starc before the former lapped up the Australian left-arm pacer for a record deal.
Five-time champions Chennai Super Kings bought three key players in Tueday’s auction – New Zealand’s Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, and India’s Shardul Thakur. Mitchell was bought by CSK for Rs 14 crore.
Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Daniel Vettori was satisfied with the team’s purchases in the auction, including Australia’s World Cup-winning skipper Pat Cummins for a whopping Rs 20.50 core and Travis Head for Rs 6.80 crore.