The IPL 2024 mini auction unfolded in a captivating spectacle at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, marking a significant juncture in the league’s history. This was the first time an auction took place outside of India. The 10 IPL teams aimed to secure the best talents from a pool of 333 players, which included 119 overseas and 214 Indian players.
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Amidst the fierce competition and high-profile bids, certain teams managed to pull off what can only be described as “steal deals” in the IPL 2024 mini auction. As the gavel fell on some surprising choices, these franchises strategically secured players whose potential far exceeded their price tags. Here are the top 5 steal deals of IPL 2024 Mini Auction:
5. Tom Kohler-Cadmore (INR 40 Lakh)
Tom Kohler-Cadmore was snapped by the Rajasthan Royals for his base price of INR 40 Lakh. He is one of the five wicketkeepers in the squad and is one of the few players who can bat at any position in the top six. Cadmore is yet to make his International debut for England but has earned the reputation of being one of the hottest commodity in franchise cricket.
He has amassed 4423 runs in 169 T20 matches at an average of 29.68 and a strike rate of 140.59. He has one century and three half-centuries to his name in T20s. At the start of this year, Cadmore played in ILT20, BPL, and PSL, all within a week. He was the leading run-scorer in the recently concluded Abu Dhabi T10 League and made 368 runs in 10 innings at an average of 73.60.
4. Azmatullah Omarzai (INR 50 Lakh)
The 23-year-old all-rounder was picked by the Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2024 mini auction for his base price of INR 50 lakh. He has played a total of 62 T20 matches and has scored 588 runs at a strike rate of 129.51. With the ball, Omarzai has taken 59 wickets at an average of 24.93.
Omarzai had a great outing in the ODI World Cup with both bat and ball. He was the second-highest run-scorer for Afghanistan, with 353 runs in nine matches at an average of 70.60 and a strike rate of 97.78. With the ball, Omarzai took seven wickets at an average of 38.57.
3. Harry Brook (INR 4 Crore)
Delhi Capitals fought a simple battle at the auction table with Rajasthan Royals to pick Brook for a price of INR 4 crore from his base price of INR 2 crore. Sunrisers Hyderabad had to spend INR 13.25 crore last season for Brook. Brook made 190 runs in 11 matches in his debut at an average of 21.11 and a strike rate of 123.37, including one century.
Brook is regarded as one of the best young talents in world cricket right now. He has made over 3000 runs in 126 T20 matches at a strike rate of 150.19. Brook scored 169 runs in six matches in the ODI World Cup at a strike rate of 112.66.
2. Rachin Ravindra (INR 1.8 Crore)
The 24-year-old all-rounder was expected to draw a bidding war, considering his recent outing in the ODI World Cup. However, Chennai Super Kings had to spend just INR 1.8 crore to pick Ravindra at the auction table. They found competition from Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings.
Ravindra was the fourth-highest run-scorer in the ODI World Cup, with 578 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 106.44. He made three centuries and two half-centuries. Ravindra scored the joint-highest total by a Kiwi batter in an edition of the World Cup.
1. Wanindu Hasaranga (INR 1.5 Crore)
Sunrisers Hyderabad had to spend just INR 1.5 crore to pick Wanindu Hasaranga at the auction table. He will be getting almost 14% of the amount that he got last season for playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has taken 35 wickets in 26 matches in IPL at an average of 21.37, an economy of 8.13, and a strike rate of 15.77.
Hasaranga can also play a decent role with the bat, which is significant from the fact that he was the leading run-scorer in the Lanka Premier League this year. He has scored over 1700 runs and taken 216 wickets in 157 T20 matches so far.
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