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Australia left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 9.4 crores on the first day of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on Saturday.
Starc was formerly part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, but missed last year’s IPL in order to rest and recuperate after a hectic summer. As a result, the franchise decided to part ways with the 27-year-old.
But, Starc is now excited to start a new chapter in the IPL with the Knight Riders.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) January 27, 2018
“Thanks for getting me on board, I am really excited to be joining the KKR family for this year’s IPL and really looking forward to April to get to meet everyone and really get stuck into this year’s IPL,” he said in a short video that was posted on the Knight Riders’ Twitter account. “So, thanks for having me and [looking] forward to it.”
In addition to Starc, the Knight Riders also purchased Chris Lynn for INR 9.6 crores, Dinesh Karthik for INR 7.4 crores, Robin Uthappa for 6.4 crores via their Right to Match card, Kuldeep Yadav for 5.8 crores via their Right to Match card, Piyush Chawla for INR 4.2 crores via their Right to Match card, Nitish Rana for 3.4 crores, Kamlesh Nagarkoti for 3.2 crores, Shubman Gill for 1.8 crores and Ishank Jaggi for 20 lakhs.