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The most expensive players in IPL History

Throughout the 15 seasons of the IPL, there have been numerous bidding wars and organizations vying for their favorite player. The all-rounders are the players who receive the greatest attention from the franchises. The player that has profited the most from the auction is Yuvraj Singh. Virat Kohli is the only player to have been in every season of the IPL without ever being auctioned off.

The auction has provided the game of cricket with some of the most exciting and beautiful stories over the years. The Indian Premier League will hold its 15th edition in 2022, with the auction taking place on February 12th and 13th. The auction was once again thrilling, as it was larger than the previous year’s. The IPL will welcome two fresh new franchises in the upcoming season.

IPL 2008 – Mahendra Singh Dhoni (9.4 Crores)


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MS Dhoni was the most expensive player at the maiden IPL auction, which is not surprising. He was purchased for 9.5 crores by the Chennai Super Kings. The competition was in its early stages at the time, and it was not quite as large as it is now. MS Dhoni is the face of the Chennai Super Kings now, 15 years later. They’ve won four IPL titles thanks to “Captain Cool.”


IPL 2009 – Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff (9.8 Crores)


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The two Englishmen who placed the highest bid in 2009 were the highest bidders. Flintoff was purchased by Chennai Super Kings at 9.8 crores, while Pietersen was purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore for 9.8 crores. The second edition of the IPL took place in South Africa. In 2009, the Deccan Chargers won the Indian Premier League. The RCB finished second, although Kevin’s performance was average.

In six matches, Kevin Pietersen only managed to score 93 runs. With the cash he earned at the auction, he was unable to do justice. Andrew Flintoff, on the other hand, only got to play three games for CSK, scoring 62 runs and taking two wickets.


IPL 2010 – Shane Bond and Kieron Pollard (4.8 Crores)


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The highest bidder in the IPL auction’s third edition is somewhat shocking. Shane Bond of New Zealand and Kieron Pollard of the West Indies were the most expensive players, each costing about 4.8 crores. Shane Bond was purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders, while Kieron Pollard was purchased by the Mumbai Indians. The season was extremely competitive, as CSK won the IPL for the first time.

Shane Bond had an excellent season. In eight appearances, Bond was dismissed nine times. The KKR franchise made excellent use of him. Kieron had a good year as well. In 14 games, he hit 273 runs for a 22.75 average.


IPL 2011 – Gautam Gambhir (14.9 Crores)


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Gautam Gambhir has been the most influential player in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ history. Gambhir, who was in fine form that year, cost the franchise 14.9 crores. Gambhir led the team to two IPL titles, the franchise’s only two victories. KKR designated him the skipper shortly after he joined the team.

In 15 games that season, the southpaw racked up 378 runs. Under his command, the club made it to the playoffs, however they were eliminated in the first round by the Mumbai Indians. In both 2012 and 2014, Gambhir guided the KKR squad to victory.


IPL 2012 – Ravindra Jadeja (12.8 Crores)


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The Chennai Super Kings selected the rockstar for the 2012 season for 12.8 crores. He’s been there ever since. In a few games, he had put in some strong performances. In 14 innings, he scored 191 runs and took 12 wickets. In that season, he hit a fifer. Jadeja has been in love with CSK since the 2012 season.


IPL 2013 – Glenn Maxwell (6.3 Crores)


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Glenn Maxwell, aka The Big Show, was the most expensive player in the 2013 season. The highest bidder for him was the Mumbai Indians. Maxi only stayed with the team for one season before joining the Punjab Kings in 2014. He didn’t get many chances to play for the Mumbai Indians because he only played a few games for them.


IPL 2014 – Yuvraj Singh (14 Crores)


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In 2014, the Royal Challengers Bangalore went crazy over Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj Singh cost the franchise 14 crores. He did a good job, but they needed a lot more from him. Yuvraj scored 376 runs in 14 games, making him RCB’s second-highest run-scorer. He built a fantastic batting order with Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Chris Gayle.

In that season, he had three half-centuries, the highest of which was 83. He also bowled left-arm spin on occasion and was successful in taking five wickets.


IPL 2015 – Yuvraj Singh (16 Crores)


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Yuvraj became the most expensive player of 2015 after being released by RCB. The Delhi Daredevils paid 16 crores for him this time. In 13 innings, he scored 248 runs. In 2016, his performances were mediocre at best, and he did not live up to the price tag of 16 crores. He had a lot of expectations from the team.

In 2015, Yuvraj only had two half-centuries. Due to his poor performance, the Delhi-based club had to release him, and he proceeded to switch teams in the IPL. Yuvraj played in 132 IPL games, scoring 2750 runs and taking 36 wickets in the process. In 2019, he played his final IPL match for the Mumbai Indians against CSK.


IPL 2016 – Shane Watson (9.5 Crores)


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In the 2016 IPL auction, the Australian all-rounder was the most expensive purchase. Shane Watson was a member of Royal Challengers Bangalore during the 2016 IPL season. The franchise had a successful season, finishing second in the competition. This season is well remembered for Virat Kohli’s outstanding performance. In that season, Virat scored a whopping 973 runs.


IPL 2017 – Ben Stokes (14.5 Crores)


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Ben Stokes was purchased for a record 14.5 crores by the Rising Pune Supergiants in the 2017 IPL auction. He had an outstanding season for the franchise, proving to be their most valuable player. The team did well as well, reaching the finals. The Mumbai Indians won the title with a thrashing of Pune in the final. That was RPSG’s final season in the IPL.


IPL 2018 – Ben Stokes (12.5 Crores)


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At the 2018 super IPL auction, Rajasthan Royals paid 12.5 crores for the million-dollar baby from England, making him the most expensive player in the IPL auction once again. His performances were not as impressive this time. In his opinion, he had a horrible season. He was seen as Rajasthan’s trump card for the upcoming season.

He racked up 196 runs in 13 innings, averaging 16.33 runs per inning. In his 12 outings with the ball, he took eight wickets.

IPL 2019 – Jaydev Unadkat and Varun Chakravarthy (8.4 Crores)


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The two most expensive players in the IPL 2019 super auction were left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat and mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy. Both franchises brought in a total of 8.4 crores. Rajasthan Royals acquired Jaydev, while Punjab Kings acquired Varun. The Mumbai Indians were the clear victors of the 2019 season.

That season, Jaydev Unadkat played 11 games for Rajasthan and took 10 wickets. Unadkat’s economy rate was 10.66 at the time, making him highly pricey. Unadkat has played for Rajasthan for several seasons and has always been a fan favourite. Despite being bought for such a high price, Varun Chakravarthy only got to play one game for Punjab Kings.


IPL 2020 – Pat Cummins (15.5 Crores)


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At the IPL 2020 auction, the current Australian Test captain was the most priced player. At the Kolkata Knight Riders’ super auction, he sold for 1.5 crores. He is a talented cricketer who is regarded as one of the best bowlers of his generation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was a major issue in India in 2020, the IPL 2020 was moved to the UAE.

Cummins bowled 12 wickets in 14 games for KKR in 2020. He finished the season as the franchise’s second-highest wicket-taker. His dependable batting ability aided the Kolkata franchise as well.


IPL 2021 – Chris Morris (16.25 Crores)


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Chris Morris became the most expensive player in the history of the IPL auctions at the IPL 2021 auction. When it came to bidding for the South African all-rounder, the Rajasthan Royals had no reservations. The Rajasthan Royals have a history of spending a lot of money on players, and this was a good example of that. Morris missed the second leg of the season because the event was split into two parts.

Morris appeared in seven games for Rajasthan and claimed 14 wickets. During the season, he had an economy rate of 8.61.


IPL 2022 – Ishan Kishan (15.25 Crores)


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The pocket-size dynamo became the most expensive player at the recently concluded IPL 2022 mega auction. This was the first instance that Mumbai Indians bid for more than 10 crores at an IPL auction. It shows how badly they wanted him in their squad. Ishan has done well for the franchise and has been a part of many good memories with the franchise.

Ishan is doing well for India too and we can see Ishan in a new role this season. We might see him opening the innings with Rohit Sharma and keeping the wickets too.