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All you need to know about most expensive player in IPL history

All you need to know about most expensive player in IPL history
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In a historic turn of events, Pat Cummins, born on May 8, 1993, in Sydney, has etched his name in the annals of Indian Premier League (IPL) history by securing the title of the most expensive player ever. This Australian cricket sensation, renowned for his versatility with ball, has been a consistent performer since his debut in 2011. Cummins has previously showcased his skills with Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders since 2014, featuring in 42 IPL games and bagging an impressive 45 wickets with a best of 4/34.

The IPL auction for 2024 witnessed a fierce bidding war among franchises, with Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH) vying for Cummins’ signature. SRH emerged victorious with a jaw-dropping deal worth INR 20.5 crore, marking the first instance of a player breaching the 20-crore barrier in IPL history.

Cummins’ on-field prowess extends beyond his bowling skills. With an impressive track record in both Test and ODI formats, he has been a linchpin for the Australian cricket team. His leadership qualities, highlighted during Australia’s successful 2023 campaign, contribute to his hefty price tag, addressing SRH’s need for a strong and versatile player.

Adding to the excitement, Travis Head, the hero of the 2023 World Cup final, joined Cummins at SRH for INR 6.8 crore. This dynamic pairing not only strengthens the Australian bond in the team but also elevates the anticipation surrounding SRH’s performance in IPL 2024.

Cummins’ withdrawal from IPL 2023 with Kolkata Knight Riders, citing workload concerns, raised eyebrows. However, his return to the IPL stage with SRH for the upcoming season signals his readiness to make a significant impact. IPL 2024 serves as a crucial platform for Cummins to fine-tune his skills in preparation for the upcoming World Cup 2024, scheduled in the West Indies and the United States.

From his debut in 2011 against South Africa to his last Test match against Pakistan in December 2023, Cummins has left an indelible mark on the cricketing landscape. With standout performances across formats, he boasts impressive statistics, including 242 wickets in Tests, 141 in ODIs, and 55 in T20Is.

The strategic decision by SRH to invest heavily in Cummins reflects their commitment to bolstering both their squad and leadership. As the countdown to IPL 2024 begins, fans worldwide eagerly await Cummins’ leadership and performance, expecting SRH to reach new heights in the tournament.

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