Most Expensive players of Each IPL Auction From 2008-2023: Indian Premier League 2023, the mini-auction has been completed in Kochi. Out of 405 crickets short-listed for the auction, 80 were sold, with 29 being overseas cricketers.
In the auction, 10 franchises spent a combined amount of Rs 167 crore on a day that saw quite a few bidding wars.
Sam Curran was the most expensive player in the mini-auction. All-rounder sold to his former franchise Punjab Kings for a whopping Rs 18.50 crore.
Apart from becoming the highest paid player at the IPL 2023 auction, Curran also broke the record for the most expensive buy in IPL auction history.
Let’s look back at the most expensive buys from each IPL auction from 2008-2023.
2008: MS Dhoni (9.5 crore)
Former India captain MS Dhoni became a huge star after leading India to victory in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
2009: Kevin Pietersen (RCB), Andrew Flintoff (CSK) – ₹9.8 crore
The England duo of Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen were the joint-highest buys at the IPL 2009 auction.
2010: Shane Bond (KKR), Kieron Pollard (MI) – ₹4.8 crore
Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond and retired West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard were the most expensive purchases at the 2010 IPL auction. Both were picked for ₹4.8 crore each.
2011: Gautam Gambhir (KKR) – ₹14.9 crore
It proved to be a masterstroke as Gambhir led Kolkata to both their IPL wins, in 2012 and 2014.
2012: Ravindra Jadeja (CSK) – ₹12.8 crore
Chennai purchased all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the 2012 auction for ₹12.8 crore.
2013: Glenn Maxwell (MI) – ₹6.3 crore
Mumbai shelled out ₹6.3 crore for him at the IPL 2023 auction. The Big Show, however, had a poor tournament, managing only 36 runs in three matches.
2014: Yuvraj Singh (RCB) – ₹14 crore
He had a decent season, scoring 376 runs in 14 games and picking up five wickets with his left-arm spin.
2015: Yuvraj Singh (DC) – ₹16 crore
For the second year in a row, Yuvraj was the most expensive purchase at an IPL auction. Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) shelled out ₹16 crore for him at the 2015 auction.
2016: Shane Watson (RCB) – ₹9.5 crore
Bangalore spent ₹9.5 crore to purchase the services of former Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson at the 2016 auction.
2017: Ben Stokes (RPS) – ₹14.5 crore
Talismanic England all-rounder Ben Stokes was the highest paid player at the IPL 2017 auction on somewhat expected lines.
2018: Ben Stokes (RR) – ₹12.5 crore
After Yuvraj, Stokes became the second player to be the most expensive purchase in consecutive IPL auctions.
2019: Jaydev Unadkat (RR) & Varun Chakravarty (PBKS) – ₹8.4 crore
2019 saw a surprise with the Indian duo of Jaydev Unadkat and Varun Chakravarty, who aren’t star names as such, being picked for ₹8.4 crore each.
2020: Pat Cummins (KKR) – ₹15.5 crore
Australian pacer Pat Cummins was purchased by KKR for ₹15.5 crore at the IPL 2020 auction.
2021: Chris Morris (RR) – ₹16.25 crore
They went after South African all-rounder Chris Morris at the 2021 auction and spent ₹16.25 crore on him, a then record for the most expensive buy. He did claim 15 wickets but had an economy of 9.17.
2022: Ishan Kishan (MI) – ₹15.25 crore
Having released him ahead of the IPL auction, MI bought back batter Ishan Kishan, spending a whopping ₹15.25 crore for him.
2023: Sam Curran (PBKS) – ₹18.50 crore
Picked by PBKS for ₹18.50 crore, Curran is now the most expensive player in IPL history. The all-rounder had a memorable T20 World Cup 2022 campaign and played a huge role with the ball in the team’s win.
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