Mohammed Shami, one of the best fast bowlers in the world, has been a key player for the Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since 2022. He has been instrumental in leading the Titans to their maiden IPL title in 2023 and has been consistently among the top wicket-takers in the tournament. But how much did the Titans pay for Shami in the IPL 2024 auction? And how does his price compare to other pacers in the IPL?
Titans retained Shami for Rs 6.25 crore
The IPL 2024 auction, which took place at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, saw a lot of surprises and bidding wars for some of the most sought-after players in the world. However, Shami was not one of them, as the Titans retained him for Rs 6.25 crore1, the same amount he was bought for in the IPL 2022 auction2. Shami was one of the four players retained by the Titans, along with captain Virat Kohli, opener Devdutt Padikkal, and spinner Rashid Khan.
Shami’s retention by the Titans was expected, as he had been a vital cog in their bowling attack and had formed a lethal partnership with Rashid Khan. Shami has picked up 48 wickets for the Titans in 30 matches, at an average of 19.77 and an economy rate of 7.322. He was the second-highest wicket-taker in IPL 2023, with 24 scalps in 15 games, behind only Harshal Patel of Royal Challengers Bangalore3. Shami also played a crucial role in the Titans’ title triumph, taking 3 for 15 in the final against Chennai Super Kings, including the wicket of MS Dhoni4.
Shami among the most expensive Indian pacers in IPL
Shami’s price of Rs 6.25 crore makes him one of the most expensive Indian pacers in the IPL, along with Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians and Bhuvneshwar Kumar of Sunrisers Hyderabad, who were also retained by their respective teams for the same amount5. However, Shami is still far behind the likes of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, who are the most expensive pacers in the IPL history.
Cummins, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2022 and 2023, was bought by Delhi Capitals for a whopping Rs 16.25 crore in the IPL 2024 auction, making him the most expensive player in the auction and the second-most expensive player in the IPL history, behind only Yuvraj Singh6. Starc, who missed the last two editions of the IPL due to injury and personal reasons, was snapped up by the Titans for Rs 14.75 crore, making him the second-most expensive player in the auction and the third-most expensive player in the IPL history. Starc will join forces with Shami and Rashid Khan to form a formidable bowling unit for the Titans in IPL 2024.
Shami worth every penny for the Titans
Shami’s price of Rs 6.25 crore may seem high for some, but he has proved his worth for the Titans with his consistent and impactful performances. Shami is not only a wicket-taker, but also a death-overs specialist, who can bowl yorkers and slower balls with accuracy and variation. He is also a handy lower-order batsman, who can score some quick runs when needed. Shami is also a leader in the Titans’ dressing room, who mentors the young and upcoming bowlers in the team.
Shami has also been in excellent form for India in international cricket, especially in Test matches. He has been a part of the historic series wins in Australia and England, and has taken 200 wickets in 56 Tests, at an average of 26.76 and a strike rate of 49.8. He is currently the fifth-highest wicket-taker among Indian pacers in Test history, behind only Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, and Ishant Sharma.
Shami is undoubtedly one of the best fast bowlers in the world right now, and the Titans are lucky to have him in their team. He will be looking to continue his stellar form in IPL 2024 and help the Titans defend their title. Shami is worth every penny for the Titans, and his price of Rs 6.25 crore is a bargain for a player of his caliber.