According to social media rumors, teams may prioritize betting on an Indian player over a foreign player in the upcoming IPL 2024 auction. The retention and trade window for IPL 2024 recently closed, with the ten franchises announcing their retained and released players on Star Sports network.
The auction is expected to be particularly exciting, occurring just a month after the completion of the World Cup 2023. This means that players who performed well in the World Cup could spark bidding wars among the IPL teams. Players like Rachin Ravindra, Travis Head, and Mitchell Starc are anticipated to receive significant bids.
India’s star bowler Shardul Thakur, previously with the Kolkata Knight Riders, has been released from the squad, leading to speculation about heavy bidding for him in the upcoming auction, scheduled for December 19 at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. Thakur is known for his batting prowess and all-round performance, making him an attractive prospect for teams like Bangalore and Punjab.
Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya was initially retained by the Gujarat Titans but has now been traded to the Mumbai Indians, in what is considered to be a surprising trade for the 17th edition of the IPL. Cricbuzz has reported that the deal has been officially signed by both franchises.