Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The trade window for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) got over on Sunday and all the ten franchises have revealed the list of their retained and released players.

Players like Rachin Ravindra, Travis Head and Mitchell Starc who have performed well in the recently-concluded ICC ODI World Cup 2023 are expected to receive some heavy bids in the auction.

However, speculations are rife over various social media platforms that teams are likely to bet big money on an Indian player rather than a foreign player in the upcoming auction for IPL 2024.

Team India’s utility bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur was part of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the previous edition of the cash-rich league. However, the Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise has released Shardul from the squad. As per several fans and experts, teams will spend big money on Thakur in the IPL auction to be held at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai on December 19.

Apart from his pace bowling, Shardul has the batting prowess. With his power hitting lower down the order, he has bailed out his team many times from the jaws of defeat in the past.

As per speculations, Bangalore and Punjab are eyeing for the star all-rounder and Shardul might be the most expensive player in IPL history. The bid for Shardul may rise up to Rs 30-35 crore in IPL 2024 auction.