Australia’s Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins set new records in IPL auction | IPL

Australia’s captain Pat Cummins has capped off a triumphant year by becoming the highest-paid player in the history of the Indian Premier League auction – only for team-mate Mitchell Starc to break the record an hour later.

The Kolkata Knight Riders paid A$4.43m (£2.35m) for the veteran paceman, eclipsing the A$3.67m paid for Cummins by Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier in the auction in Dubai on Tuesday night.

The bids both surpassed the $3.15m paid for young allrounder Cameron Green last year, which set the benchmark for an Australian player.

Cummins will team up with World Cup hero Travis Head after the explosive left-hander was also snapped up by the Sunrisers for $1.22m.

Harry Brook attracted the highest bid for an England player with the batsman signed by the Delhi Capitals for around £380,000.

After sitting out this year’s IPL because of a packed international schedule, Cummins threw himself back in the auction and was the focus of an intense bidding war.

IPL franchises were not afraid to go all-out to secure Cummins, who led Australia to an upset ODI World Cup final victory over India in Ahmedabad last month.

Cummins last played in the IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders last year, but MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians led the bidding.

Royal Challengers Bangalore, who feature Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell on their roster, also made a play for Cummins, but the Sunrisers upped their bid to a record level.

Cummins’ payday overshadowed Head’s success in earning his way back to the IPL for the first time in six years.

Head has previously been part of two IPL franchises – Delhi in 2015 and the Royal Challengers during 2016 and 2017.

Star batter Steve Smith went unsold during the auction but has an extensive history in the IPL and is likely to eventually land somewhere as Australia prepare for next year’s T20 World Cup in the United States and the Caribbean.

Australians Mitch Marsh, David Warner, Matthew Wade, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Green and Maxwell were already retained by their franchises before the auction.

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