IPL 2024 Auction: As the clock ticks down to the much-anticipated IPL 2024 auction, set to commence on December 19th at 1 PM Indian time in Dubai, the cricketing world is abuzz with speculations and strategies. In a thrilling prelude, a mock auction was conducted just a day before the actual event, offering a glimpse into the possible outcomes and bidding wars that might unfold.

The Final Countdown: Mock Auction Sets the Stage

The mock auction, organized by Jio Cinema, served as a critical rehearsal, finetuning the preparations for the real showdown. In this simulated environment, the teams practiced their bidding strategies, with some eye-catching bids making headlines.

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Aggressive Play

In an assertive move, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) emerged as the most aggressive bidder, setting their sights on Australian cricket sensation, Mitchell Starc. Their bid of a colossal Rs 18.50 crore for the legendary fast bowler was a clear indicator of their intentions. This hefty bid suggests that Starc’s value could skyrocket in the actual auction, potentially crossing the Rs 20 crore mark.

South Africa’s Rising Star: Geralt Coetzee

Geralt Coetzee, a young and promising fast bowler from South Africa, was another player who turned heads in the mock auction. His impressive performance in the World Cup, marked by fast and swinging deliveries, captured the attention of multiple franchises. As a result, he clinched the spot as the second most expensive player in the mock auction.

Australian Captain Pat Cummins: A Valuable Asset

The third highest bid was placed for none other than Australian captain Pat Cummins. Known for his prowess in fast bowling and his ability to contribute with the bat in the lower order, Cummins is a sought-after player in T20 cricket. His leadership skills, evidenced by his captaincy, make him an even more valuable asset. Sunrisers Hyderabad recognized this, making a hefty bid of Rs 17.50 crore for Cummins.

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