Gerald Coetzee IPL 2024 Team: Which team is South African fast bowler playing for in IPL 2024?
Updated on: Dec 19, 2023 2:43 pm IST
In a notable move at the IPL 2024 mini-auction, South African speedster Gerald Coetzee secured a deal with the Mumbai Indians for INR 5 Crores, marking a significant addition to their squad ahead of the upcoming season.
The promising Proteas fast bowler garnered attention from multiple bidders during the ongoing auction at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. The bidding commenced after Australian captain Pat Cummins set a new IPL record as the most expensive player ever.
The auction’s opening bid of INR 2 Crores for Coetzee was made by the Chennai Super Kings, who initially entered the fray. Mumbai Indians engaged in a spirited battle with the Super Kings before the latter withdrew their bid at INR 3.4 Crores. Lucknow Super Giants also joined the race, pushing the bidding to INR 4.80 Crores before the Mumbai Indians clinched the South African talent for INR 5 Crores.
Coetzee recently gained widespread acclaim for his exceptional bowling performances in the 2023 World Cup. In eight matches during the tournament, he claimed a remarkable 20 wickets with an impressive strike rate of 19.05. Considering his potential to command a higher price, the acquisition for 5 Crores is seen as a smart and advantageous move for Mumbai Indians.
With a remaining budget of INR 12.75 Crores, Mumbai Indians now aim to further fortify their core by strategically utilizing their resources in the ongoing auction to bolster their squad.