Australian speedster Mitchell Starc stunned the cricket world by signing a historic ₹24.75 crore contract with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) during the IPL Auction 2024, which took place in Dubai. With this, Starc broke the previous record set by Pat Cummins earlier in the day when he signed a ₹20.5 crore agreement with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Starc’s skill with the ball has been extraordinary, especially in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, where he demonstrated his abilities by taking an astounding 16 wickets in just 10 games.
His image as a game-changer in the cricket world was cemented by his ability to provide vital breakthroughs and play at a ferocious speed on the field.
The Gujarat Titans and Kolkata Knight Riders entered the contest as the stakes rose, escalating the struggle for Starc’s signature.
The Kolkata Knight Riders took the lead in the end, outwitting the opposition and securing Starc’s services for an incredible ₹24.75 crore.
It has become even more significant that Mitchell Starc signed an IPL contract after eight-year sabbatical from the tournament. His nearly a decade of IPL absence has only increased the buzz and intrigue around his potential return.
It wil be interesting to see if his remarkable abilities and improved style of play will match the enormous price that KKR is to paid, we’ll see that in the coming few months.