10 Most Expensive IPL Purchases


10 Most Expensive IPL Purchases

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Every year, there is one anticipated even in the cricket community. That event is the Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL is a popular professional cricket league in India, founded in 2008. It has eight teams representing different cities, known for its high intensity and star-studded appeal. The league has helped develop young talent and produced some of the best players in the world. It’s a significant source of revenue for the BCCI and has helped make cricket more popular in India.

Before the IPL takes place, there is the IPL Auction to determine players for different teams. The IPL Auction is an annual event where the teams participating in the Indian Premier League bid for players to join their respective teams. The IPL Auction happens a few months before the tournament. Teams bid for players they want to sign, and the highest bidder gets the player for the upcoming season. The auction is unpredictable, and there can be surprises as to which player ends up with which team.

Over the years, there have been some astonishing IPL purchases made and the following are some of the most expensive IPL purchases in history:

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MS Dhoni was the most expensive player in the first-ever IPL auction, which didn’t surprise anyone. After India’s victory in the 2007 T20 World Cup and Dhoni’s performance as a captain and batsman, he became the most sought-after player in the auction. Chennai Super Kings won the bid for Dhoni, acquiring him for Rs 9.5 crores. Dhoni has been a part of the Chennai Super Kings team ever since, leading them to three IPL championships.

Sam Curran

Sam Curran, an all-rounder from England, has become the costliest player in the 2023 season of the Indian Premier League. Punjab Kings bought him for Rs 185 million ($2.23 million) to bring him back to his debut team. Curran, who is a left-arm fast bowler and an aggressive middle-order batsman, was one of the top cricketers who participated in the auction. After the purchase, Curran shared his excitement on Twitter, saying he was looking forward to returning to where it all began.

Cameron Green

Cameron Green, a 23-year-old cricketer, was signed by Mumbai Indians for a whopping Rs 175 million in the 2023 IPL auction. Although Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals also expressed interest in him, Mumbai Indians won the bidding war. Green has an impressive strike rate of 173.75, making him a valuable addition to the team.


Nicholas Pooran

In the 2023 IPL Auction, Lucknow Super Giants created history by acquiring West Indies wicketkeeper-batter Nicholas Pooran for a record-breaking Rs 16 crore in the IPL auction. The bidding for Pooran began at Rs 2 crore with Chennai Super Kings, but the price quickly rose above Rs 6 crore as several teams competed for him.

Lucknow Super Giants emerged victorious with an initial bid of Rs 7.25 crore and ultimately paid over Rs 10 crore for the player. The Capitals withdrew from the bidding war after the price reached Rs 16 crore, allowing Lucknow to sign Pooran, making him the fourth most expensive player in IPL 2023 and the fifth most expensive player in IPL history.

Ben Stokes

Chennai Super Kings made a significant addition to their team by acquiring the services of England’s allrounder Ben Stokes in the IPL 2023 auction. The bidding for Stokes started at INR 2 crore, and RCB and RR competed with LSG, who entered at INR 7 crore. After that, SRH and CSK also joined the bidding war.

Ultimately, Chennai Super Kings won the bid for Stokes at a staggering price of INR 16.25 crore, which made him the third-most expensive signing in IPL history, along with South Africa’s Chris Morris. The acquisition of Stokes would likely boost the team’s chances of success in the upcoming IPL season, with the leadership of MS Dhoni.

Chris Morris

In 2021, Chris Morris was purchased by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping price of 16.25 crores, making him the most expensive player in the history of the IPL. This broke the previous record held by Yuvraj Singh for six years. With such a high price tag, Rajasthan Royals will have high expectations from Morris for his performance on the team.

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh, a highly coveted cricketer, has made it to the top 10 list of most expensive players in IPL twice, after Ben Stokes. Singh, who has played for several teams in the past, was acquired by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping Rs. 16 crores in the auction. As a marquee player with a remarkable track record, it’s no surprise that he commanded such a high price. Currently, he is ranked sixth on the list of most expensive players in IPL history.

Rishabh Pant

In 2022, Rishabh Pant, a prolific wicketkeeper-batsman from Delhi, became one of the most expensive players in the IPL. Delhi Capitals retained Pant by paying a premium price of 16 crores. In 2021, he was also named the franchise’s captain, succeeding Shreyas Iyer. Pant has been a standout performer for the Delhi franchise in the IPL, amassing 2498 runs with a strike rate of 147.46. Additionally, he brings valuable wicketkeeping skills to the table, making him a versatile player.

Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja, a left-handed all-rounder for the Chennai Super Kings, has become the highest-paid player for the franchise, surpassing their captain, MS Dhoni. The franchise retained Jadeja as their first pick as he is expected to be the future captain. Dhoni is credited with helping Jadeja progress as an all-rounder in limited-overs cricket.

In IPL 2021, Jadeja’s performance was exceptional, scoring 227 runs at an average of 75.44 with a strike rate of 145.51. His best performance was against Harshal Patel, scoring 37 runs in a single over. Chennai Super Kings decided to keep him for 16 crores, making him one of the highest-paid players in IPL history.

KL Rahul

KL Rahul, the vice-captain of the Indian cricket team, made headlines in the 2022 IPL auction when he was picked by Lucknow for a whopping Rs. 17 crores.

During his time with the Punjab Kings from 2018 to 2021, Rahul was the team’s standout performer, consistently ranking among the top five run-scorers in the tournament. He has an impressive IPL record with 3,273 runs at a strike rate of 136.37, and he also brings quality wicketkeeping skills to the table.


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