Updated December 19th, 2023 at 14:45 IST

Decade of Skyrocketing Auction Prices:- Most expensive player in each IPL season

IPL's evolution: MS Dhoni to Sam Curran, a decade of soaring auction prices. Sam Curran, 2023's costliest at 18.5 crores, tops the list.

Garvit Parashar
Most expensive player in each IPL season
Most expensive player in each IPL season | Image:ANI

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has not only revolutionized the landscape of Indian cricket but has also become a global phenomenon, attracting top-notch players from around the world. One intriguing aspect of each IPL season is the high-stakes player auctions, where franchises compete fervently to secure the services of marquee players. 

In the current auction for IPL 2024, SRH has bought Pat Cummins in a whopping Rs. 20.5 crore, which is the biggest buy till date. 


Over the years, the IPL auction has witnessed a steady escalation in player prices, with astronomical figures becoming the norm. Let's take a stroll down memory lane and explore the most expensive player in each IPL season since its inception in 2008.


The inaugural season set the tone for the years to come as MS Dhoni emerged as the most expensive player, donning the Chennai Super Kings jersey for a whopping 9.5 crores.



The second edition witnessed a tie between two international stars – Kevin Pietersen (RCB) and Andrew Flintoff (CSK) – both bagging hefty contracts of 9.8 crores.




Shane Bond (KKR) and Kieron Pollard (MI) shared the limelight, each fetching a significant 4.8 crores in the auction, showcasing the growing allure of T20 specialists.



Gautam Gambhir stole the show in 2011, commanding a jaw-dropping 14.9 crores as Kolkata Knight Riders splurged to secure his services.




Ravindra Jadeja became the costliest player in the 2012 auction, fetching an impressive 12.8 crores to play for Chennai Super Kings.



Glenn Maxwell became the talk of the town in 2013 as Mumbai Indians secured his explosive services for a hefty sum of 6.3 crores.




Yuvraj Singh continued the trend of breaking the bank, fetching a record 14 crores to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2014 season.



Yuvraj Singh once again dominated the auction, this time representing Delhi Daredevils and fetching a staggering 16 crores.




In 2016, Shane Watson made headlines as he became the most expensive player, signing with Royal Challengers Bangalore for 9.5 crores.



Ben Stokes created history in 2017, breaking the bank with a record 14.5 crores as Rising Pune Supergiant secured his all-round services.




Ben Stokes continued to command high prices, this time playing for Rajasthan Royals and earning a hefty contract of 12.5 crores in 2018.



The 2019 auction saw Jaydev Unadkat (RR) and Varun Chakravarthy (KXIP) share the honor, both bagging substantial contracts of 8.4 crores.




In a landmark moment, Pat Cummins became the costliest player in IPL history in 2020, securing a mind-boggling deal of 15.5 crores with Kolkata Knight Riders.



Chris Morris stole the spotlight in 2021 as Rajasthan Royals splurged a record-breaking 16.25 crores to acquire the services of the South African all-rounder.




Ishan Kishan emerged as the most expensive player in the 2022 auction, donning the Mumbai Indians jersey for a hefty 15.25 crores.



The latest addition to the list is Sam Curran, who became the costliest player in the 2023 auction, securing a staggering 18.5 crores to represent Punjab Kings.





The journey of the IPL's most expensive players reflects the league's ever-growing popularity and the increasing value placed on T20 specialists. As the league continues to evolve, one can only anticipate more jaw-dropping figures in the future, making the IPL auctions a spectacle in their own right. IPL Auction 2024 will put more action in the battle which will start next year. 


Published December 19th, 2023 at 14:45 IST

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