IPL is not only about nail-biting T20 matches, in fact, the auction of the IPL is as entertaining as an IPL game. Two teams are required to play a match in the T20 extravaganza, however, in the auction, all ten franchises clash with each other to get a skillful player. Every year a mini-auction occurs ahead of an IPL season and in 2022, we saw BCCI conduct the IPL mega auction to restructure every team. The history of the biggest T20 league conveys to us that all-rounders are in high demand in this marquee event, followed by batsmen. Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni was the costliest player in the inaugural IPL edition in 2008. Let’s glance through the most expensive player in IPL history.
English-seaming all-rounder Sam Curran is the most expensive player in IPL history. In the mini-auction of the 2023 IPL, Sam Curran’s first IPL franchise Punjab Kings bought him for a huge amount of INR 18.25 Cr after a tussle with other franchises, especially Chennai Super Kings who were badly in need of an all-rounder. The reason behind Sam Currans’ massive demand in the auction was his outrageous performance of 13 wickets in 6 matches, including a best of 5/10 in England’s 2nd T20 World Cup title win in 2022
The rising star of the Australian Cricket team Cameron Green participated in the famous IPL auction for the first time in 2023 and 5 times Champions Mumbai Indians drafted him into their squad for a whooping amount of INR 17.50 Cr. Delhi Capitals also wanted to include him in their team until his price reached 17.50 cr, but eventually, his price went up and MI made sure to place the final bid.
Before the auction, the all-rounder with the three-dimensional ability played exceptionally well in the T20 series against India with 2 quick fifties in 3 matches. Hopefully, Green will fill the huge void for Mumbai Indians left by legendary Kieron Pollard to prove his mettle.
Every franchise on earth desires to have Ben Stokes on their team such is his capability and demand. When Stokes went under the hammer in the 2023 mini IPL auction, he drew attention from teams like Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals, and Lucknow Supergiants and his price soared high to INR 10 Cr from the base price of 2 Cr in no time. Afterward, CSK jumped into the bidding contest silently and secured the stalwarts’ service for a massive sum of INR 16.25 cr and making him the 3rd most expensive player in IPL history. With the Southpaw, CSK became tension free as he can be used as a proper all-rounder, including captaining the side.
Before Sam Curran’s auction in the IPL in 2023, Chris Morris used to be the most expensive player in IPL. Jaipur-based franchise Rajasthan Royals created history when they purchased Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris after placing the highest bid of INR 16.25 Cr in 2021. Morris did not upset the management and justified his price tag, taking 15 scalps in 11 matches, while his bat remained cold with only 67 runs. Nevertheless, RR expected more of his experience of international cricket and performances from him.
One of the best players in the shortest format of the game, Caribbean left-hander Nicholas Pooran stands 5th on the tally of the most expensive players in IPL history. For his merciless hard-hitting ability to take the game away from any best bowling lineup in IPL, KL Rahul led Lucknow Supergiants paid him INR 16 Cr in the 2023 mini-auction. Whether it’s an outstanding fast bowler or a spin wizard, the Southpaw can take them for cleaners any day any time.
List of Most Expensive Player In IPL
|Sam Curran||18.50 Cr||PKBS||2023|
|Cameron Green||17.50 Cr||MI||2023|
|Ben Stokes||16.25 Cr||CSK||2023|
|Chris Morris||16.25 Cr||RR||2021|
|Nicholas Pooran||16.00 Cr||LSG||2023|
|Yuvraj Singh||16.00 Cr||DC||2015|
|Pat Cummins||15.50 Cr||KKR||2020|
|Ishan Kishan||15.25 Cr||MI||2022|
|Kyle Jamieson||15.00 Cr||RCB||2021|
|Ben Stokes||14.50 Cr||RPS||2017|
|Deepak Chahar||14.00 Cr||CSK||2020|
Sam Curran is the most expensive player in IPL history, bought for INR 18.5 Cr by PKBS.
Yuvraj Singh is the most expensive Indian player in IPL history (INR 16 Cr by DC).
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