01/03/2024
Starc now holds the record for the largest ever IPL contract. PHOTO: David Molloy, resized, CC 2.0.

Starc now holds the record for the largest ever IPL contract. PHOTO: David Molloy, resized, CC 2.0.

Mitchell Starc’s loyalty to Australian cricket repaid him massively on Tuesday night, as the big Australian quick was sold for a record-breaking $4.42 million dollars at the IPL auction.

The record deal means that the Australian quick will receive an astounding $316,429 a game if he features in all 14 fixtures or $13,184 for every delivery he bowls.

Starc will join the Kolkata Knight Riders, the team he signed on for back in 2018 for $1.8 million, but didn’t end up playing a game due to injury.

His last appearance in the IPL was back in 2015 when he represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Going into the IPL auction there was a total of 21 Australian players that had put their hat in the ring to be selected, headlined by Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith.

Before Starc blew it out of the water, Aussie test skipper Pat Cummings briefly held the record himself, selling to the Sunrisers Hyderabad for a mammoth $3.67 million.

Joining Cummings in Hyderabad will be Travis Head, who sold for $1.22 million, on the back of strong Test form and some remarkable innings at the ODI World Cup.

Rising left arm quick Spencer Johnson ($1.78 million to the Gujarat Titans), Jhye Richardson ($892,000 to the Delhi Capitals) and Perth Scorchers captain Ashton Turner (178,000 to the Lucknow Super Giants) round out the list of Aussies who were snapped up.

Some of the surprise omissions off the night included Australian champion Steve Smith who went unsold after going for $2.3 million dollars to the Rajasthan Royals back in 2018.

Matthew Short, Josh Hazlewood and Josh Inglis can also consider themselves unlucky not to get opportunities in the upcoming tournament.

Full list of Aussie nominations

Mitchell Starc – Sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for $4.42 million

Pat Cummins – Sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for $3.67 million

Spencer Johnson – Sold to Gujarat Titans for $1.78 million

Travis Head – Sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for $1.22 million

Jhye Richardson – Sold to Delhi Capitals for $892,000

Ashton Turner – Sold to Lucknow Super Giants for $178,000

Unsold: Sean Abbott, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Steve Smith, Daniel Sams, Ashton Agar, Lance Morris, Billy Stanlake, Wes Agar, Ben Cutting, Matthew Short, Ben Dwarshius, Riley Meredith, Jake Fraser-McGurk and William Salzmann.

Some Aussies were unlucky while a few secured lifechanging deals for them and their families.

Some of the other players to be auctioned off with eye catching deals were New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell ($2.49 million to the Chennai Super Kings), Indian bowler Harshal Patel ($2.09 to the Punjab Kings), West Indies speedster Alzari Joseph ($2.04 million to Royal Challengers Bangalore) and uncapped Indian batsman Sameer Rizvi ($1.5 million to the Chennai Super Kings).

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