The Most Expensive Players in the IPL Auction |

The Most Expensive Players in the IPL Auction |

Most Expensive Players in the IPL Auction

The most prestigious and expensive sports leagues always take center stage in sports betting. One of such events is the highly-attended Indian Premier League. The league has reached success in a decade, becoming the first sporting event to be streamed live on YouTube. The 2020 season saw a record number of views – 31.57 million and a brand value in 2019 amounted to ₹47,500 crore ($6.7 billion). Thanks to high IPL betting odds and profitable conditions, statistically, professional cricket bettors earn $40,000 in two months!

Сricket online betting, in general, is a multi-billion dollar business in Great Britain, Asia, Australia, and nearby countries, with the Indian Premier League being its biggest segment. But who makes the industry strong and games thrilling? Let’s take a look at IPL high rate players clubs are ready to pay a great sum for, and find out why they deserve such high prices. 

As you may know, the team can purchase players at the annual auction. It’s considered a big event in the world of cricket that usually takes place a few months before an upcoming tournament. A cricketer registers and sets his base price, the franchise, which offers the highest bid for him in the IPL auction, buys him out. The event starts with the strongest and the highest-priced participants, each club can take from 18 to 25 cricketers, but no more than 8 foreigners.

Frequently at the auctions, the situation heats up, in chase of picking the best, franchises set off fierce battles, and the prices skyrocket.

IPL Auction 2021 Records

Thus, at the last auction, held in Chennai, at the beginning of 2021, teams vied vigorously to pick talents. A total of 164 participants from India and 125 foreign representatives took part in the event; eventually, 57 cricketers were purchased. A fierce showdown between four franchises ended in RSA’s all-rounder Chris Morris becoming the highest sold player in IPL. It’s the RR that spent a fortune, ₹162.5 million, for the right to have this talent on board. And no wonder, the sportsman has been performing well throughout his career, and after the Indian Premier League 2019, where he led Delhi Capitals to the playoffs, he became even more attractive to franchises. With his accurate bowling and lower-order hitting, Chris will surely make a significant contribution to the team.

New Zealander Kyle Jamieson became the second-highest-priced purchase at the auction in IPL 2021. The RCB paid ₹150 M for him. In a fierce fight with the CSK, they also splurged ₹142 M on an explosive batsman and handy bowler, Glenn Maxwell. The giant Kyle Jamieson is characterized by a fast pace and well-balanced bowling, which also comes in useful on the way toward victory. 

Jhye Richardson, another rapid bowler who has proven his skills several times, was taken by the Punjab Kings at a price of ₹140 million. Additionally, the franchise made another successful purchase – batsman No. 1 according to the T20 world’s ranking, Dawid Malan, was bought at a price of only ₹15 million! 

The CSK lashed out ₹92 million on Indian all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham, with his exploits against spinners, and ₹70 million for England’s Moeen Ali and his attacking batting. Steve Smith, valued at only ₹22 million, also joined the CSK (a slump in playing and disappointing last season resulted in such a modest price). 

Delhi’s highest price in the IPL 2021 auction was given for a slick fast player Tom Curran – ₹52 million. 

The Kolkata Knight Riders can brag about picking Bangladesh national club player – Shakib Al Hasan (₹32M), whose tendency to attack spinners can bring much value.

Most expensive players in IPL auction history

After the 2021 auction, Chris Morris became the most expensive player in IPL ever. He hit the six-year record of Indian ex-cricketer Yuvraj Singh that was purchased by the DD at the price of Rs16 crore in 2015. Yuvraj Singh was an all-rounder of highly notable achievements – during his 17-year international career, he clinched numerous awards, with the Tournament Player Award at the 2011 World Cup being the most prominent one. In 2012, Yuvraj received the Arjuna Award, India’s second-highest award for Outstanding Performance in Sports and Games. In 2014, he was granted the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest award for contribution in various activity areas. At the IPL 2014 Auction, Bangalore took Yuvraj for a record high price of ₹14 crore. 

Pat Cummins, the third highest-priced cricketer of all time, was valued at ₹15.50 crore and drafted by the KKR in 2020. His solid performance in T20I matches, world’s No. 1 Test Bowler title, fast attacking style of play, and Allan Border Medal speak volumes. 

Ben Stokes ranks among costly purchases as well. The Rising Pune Supergiants bid ₹14.5 crore for him in 2017. Ben Stokes is considered one of the world’s top all-rounders and is known for being part of the world cup winning England team. The cricketer was honored with the Most Valuable Player award and the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and recognized as Wisden 2019 Cricketers of the Year. 

Another most sought-after talent was purchased in 2011. The KKR plunked down ₹11.04 crore for Delhi-born cricketer Gautam Gambhir. A former batsman and a current politician was marked by his skill to perform strongly even under pressure. Whether it was the 2007 T20 World Cup final or the 2011 World Cup final, he always knew how to act in order to lead his team to victory. And in 2011, he lived up to KKR’s expectations as well. In 15 games, he scored 378 runs with a batting average of 34.46. Thanks to Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders won two trophies – in 2012 and 2014.

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