The IPL 2024 auction got underway today at 1:00 PM (IST) in Dubai. All 10 franchises have assembled in a bid to buy the right players that fit the bill. As many as 333 cricketers registered for the auction including 214 Indians and 119 international players (116 capped, 215 uncapped and 2 players from associate nations).
Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise entered the auction with INR 34 crore left in their wallet for six slots. Notably, they were able to pull off a stunning deal in the first set by securing the signature of Australia’s prolific batter Travis Head.
Travis Head made waves with the bat in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 tourney, wherein he performed well for Australia in crucial games, including a match-winning 137 off 120 (15 fours and 4 sixes) in the intriguing final against Team India. The Australian scored 329 runs in the World Cup 2023.
SRH ropes in Travis Head for INR 6.8 crore
The Australian international set his base price at INR 2 crore at the auction. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings were involved in an intense bidding war. As it turned out, the five-time IPL champions pulled out before Sunrisers Hyderabad shelled out 6.8 crore for the Australian.
The aggressive left-handed batsman has played 23 T20Is and 10 games in IPL. He scored 554 runs for Australia including 1 fifty at a strike rate of 146.2. On the contrary, he scored 205 runs in IPL, with his last league appearance coming in 2017 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Head scored 1 fifty and maintained a strike rate of 138.5.
Travis Head is a kind of batsman who is known for his attacking mindset. He aims to dominate bowlers with ease as he doesn’t hesitate to play shots early in his innings and puts searing pressure on the opposition by taking the attack to the bowlers.