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Australian pacer Starc breaks Cummins' IPL auction record with huge bid

Australian bowler Starc broke compatriot Cummins' IPL auction record with a massive bid of INR 9.4 crores from Rajasthan Royals. This surpassed Cummins' previous record of INR 15.5 crores in 2020.

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Australian pacer Mitchell Starc has sent shockwaves through the cricketing world by breaking Pat Cummins’ record for the highest bid in an IPL auction. Starc, who was purchased by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping 14.25 crore, has now become the most expensive overseas player in the history of the IPL.

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The IPL auction for the 2020 season took place in Kolkata on December 19, and it was a highly anticipated event with players from all over the world vying for a spot in one of the eight teams. With a base price of 2 crore, Starc attracted a bidding war between Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kolkata Knight Riders, eventually ending with the former securing his services for an eye-popping amount.

This bid not only broke Pat Cummins’ record of 15.5 crore from last year’s auction but also surpassed the previous record for an overseas player held by Ben Stokes, who was purchased by Rising Pune Supergiants for 14.5 crore in 2017.

Starc’s addition to the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad has certainly elevated their pace attack. Known for his lethal left-arm pace and ability to move the ball both ways, Starc will add a new dimension to the RCB bowling attack, which has previously relied heavily on their spinners.

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Not only that, Starc’s explosive batting in the lower order will also be an added advantage for Virat Kohli’s team. His ability to hit big sixes and quick runs down the order has the potential to turn games in RCB’s favor.

With his impressive track record in T20s, where he has picked up 42 wickets in 30 matches at an average of 18.50 and an economy rate of 7.08, Starc will be a key player for RCB in their quest for their first IPL title. His international experience and success in the format will bring a lot of value to the team.

However, it is not just Starc’s on-field performance that makes him a desirable player. His commitment to the team and passion for the game are also qualities that make him a valuable asset. Despite being plagued by injuries, Starc has always bounced back and has never been afraid to take on challenges.

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This massive bid for Starc also highlights the significance and growing popularity of the IPL. The league has not only provided a platform for domestic players to showcase their talent but has also become a stage for international players to thrive and gain exposure in the shortest format of the game.

With the 2020 T20 World Cup to be held in Australia, Starc’s performance in the IPL will also be a crucial factor in his selection for the national team. His good form in the IPL will not only boost his confidence but also put him in contention for a place in the Australian squad.

In conclusion, Mitchell Starc’s record-breaking bid at the IPL auction is a testament to his skill and potential as a player. His addition to the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad will undoubtedly bring excitement and anticipation to fans as they eagerly wait for the 2020 season to begin. With Starc’s fiery pace and competitive spirit, he is sure to make a significant impact in the upcoming IPL season.

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