MOST EXPENSIVE BUYS IN IPL AUCTION HISTORY
The IPL has become India’s national adopted festival. Indian cricket changed forever when the first IPL auction took place in 2008. Ever since, the auctioning process takes place every year deciding the fate of the Indian and foreign players participating in the league.
IPL auction is a yearly event conducted by BCCI to auction the cricket players to various franchises. A dedicated auctioneer controls the proceedings of this multi-day event. IPL franchises fiercely bid for the listed players and the auction ends with a settled squad for every IPL team.
Auction is where players in the common pool are sold to the highest bidder as per the IPL rules and regulations about the formation of the squads. A lot happens before the auction and a lot continues to happen after it as well in terms of players getting in or out of the squad. However, the majority of the action happens during the auction. After the battle for over a couple of days, some team go home happy while others are left ponder over the decisions they made during the auction.
Let’s take a detailed look for the Top Five most expensive buys in IPL auction history in this article.
- Christopher Henry Morris- After an intense bidding war between Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, the tall and strapping South African all-rounder became the most expensive buy in an IPL auction history as Rajasthan Royals bid Rs 16.25 crore for him last February 18, 2021 in Chennai.
- Yuvraj Singh- In 2015, Delhi Daredevils had purchased Yuvraj Singh for Rs 16 crore, which at that time was the highest any team had ever paid for a player. The all-rounder is now placed at the second position in the list of most expensive players.
- Pat Cummins- Australia fast bowler is now the third most expensive player in IPL history. In the year 2020, Kolkata Knight Riders had bought Cummins for Rs 15.5 crore.
- Kyle Jamieson- Last February 18, 2021, a New Zealand all-rounder bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 15 crore. Jamieson attracted bids from Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. In the end he went to RCB.
- Ben Stokes – An English all-rounder, is in fifth position in the list of most expensive buys in IPL history. In 2017, Rising Pune Supergiants had purchased Stokes for Rs 14.5 crore.
IPL is a big-money game. Each franchise is backed by some business corporations. They spend Crores on players salaries, promotions, training facilities and more. The franchises build strategy around the players they want and the money they have. It has often proved vital that the franchises keep some money in the purse to be utilized at the right moment. This is how interesting and comprehensive the IPL auction are.
Moments of Success, Joy, and immense Pride are what IPL has given to the whole world.