IPL auction 2024 predictions. Ahead of the IPL 2024 auction, we aim to predict the big buys, which franchise will be spending the most, and whether there will be a 20 crore bid.

Going by recency bias, which has dictated the participation of players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) or any other T20 league across the globe, the IPL mini-auctions had increasingly become exciting, with the 2022 edition having witnessed some intense bidding wars among all the 10 franchises before as many as four players breached the INR 15 crore mark. Going by recency bias again, it was England all-rounder Sam Curran who had scripted history last year by becoming the most expensive player ever at an auction after Punjab Kings acquired him for a whopping 18.5 crore, just days after he claimed the Player of the Tournament award at the 2022 T20 World Cup. The factor will again play a crucial role on Tuesday in Dubai with world cricket having recently witnessed the ODI World Cup in India.

Ahead of the IPL 2024 auction, we aim to predict some of the big buys, which franchise will be spending the most, and whether there will be a possibility of a 20 crore bid…

PL auction 2024 predictions
PL auction 2024 predictions

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So, let’s start from the top, who will be the most expensive player? (IPL auction 2024 predictions)

Mitchell Starc. Probably…absolutely? Well, he has all the qualities – tall, left-arm pacer, who can bowl in all the phases of an innings, can swing the ball and cleverly vary his pace, and is a handy batter in the lower order. The three-time World Cup winner, who will be making an IPL return after eight years to prepare for the T20 World Cup in June, has set his base price of INR 2 crore.

Any other players? Pat Cummins? All-rounders are always in high demand in an IPL auction. Look at Curran, Ben Stokes (16.25 crore) and Cameron Green (17.50 crore) in 2023. Cummins was there himself, back in 2020 when he was roped in for 15.50 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders. The 30-year-old has been the talk of 2023 after leading Australia to a WTC title win, retained the Ashes in England before beating India in the ODI World Cup final with a sensational spell.

Who else? Gerald Coetzee (Base price: INR 2 crore) maybe. World Cup’s breakout star Rachin Ravindra (Base price: INR 50 lakh).

Any player who could bag a surprise pay package?

Watch out for one between Harshal Patel and Shardul Thakur, both of whom have a base price of INR 2 crore. Why? Because they are both Indian fast-bowling all-rounders, which is a rare commodity and thus will be in increasing demand at the auction. While both tend to leak runs, it is their experience of bowling in Indian conditions and grip over bringing out variations along with their ability to tonk sixes lower down the order that makes them players to watch out for at the auction. Thakur is more of a middle-over enforcer, while Harshal, who had claimed the Purple Cap in 2021, is a death-over specialist. But with both being in the same set (2), the pay package will depend on who gets called out when.

PL auction 2024 predictions. Don’t forget New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell, also part of the same set, but with a base price of INR 1 crore. And, India’s very own Shahrukh Khan, naam to suna hi hoga. Part of set number 7, with a base price of INR 40 lakh, Shahrukh did not have an impressive domestic season for Tamil Nadu, but an Indian finisher, who can start going right from ball one, is a rarity. In the recent Tamil Nadu Premier League, he also picked up 17 wickets at less than seven runs over in nine games with his off-spin variety.

Ipl player price predictions
Ipl player price predictions

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Now the big question is, will we see a 20 crore bid in the IPL 2024 auction?

Four teams will be entering the auction with a purse having north of INR 30 crores – Gujarat Titans (38.15). Sunrisers Hyderabad (34), Kolkata Knight Riders (32.7), and Chennai Super Kings (31.4). KKR has 12 slots to fill, so going 20 crores on one player is out of the question. Gujarat could look to push its limit given they have a Hardik Pandya-size hole to fill. But they also have eight slots to cover. This implies, that only CSK and SRH, have largely retained their core after having finished on the opposite side of the points table last season. Could be chasing that mark with both having the least number of positions to fill (6).

Which player could be a steal deal? (IPL auction 2024 predictions)

Mitchell from New Zealand. Probably even Travis Head, Australia’s World Cup final hero. And Azmatullah Omarzai of Afghanistan – a middle-order batter who possesses the skill to make an impact with the new ball.

Which player could go unsold?

Steve Smith. Umesh Yadav as well. Even Josh Hazlewood, but that would only be because he will be reportedly available for IPL only from the first week of May.

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