List of Most Expensive Player in IPL History

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the biggest and most popular Twenty20 cricket leagues in the world. Every year, the IPL auction sees top players from around the globe being bought by franchise teams for hefty sums of money. In this article, we will take a look at the most expensive player in IPL history.

In the IPL 2023 auction, Cameroon Green has become the second most expensive player, having been bought by Mumbai Indians for 17.5 crore rupees. This article will provide a list of the priciest players from each IPL season’s bidding war.

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List of Most Expensive Player in IPL History

Year Player and Team Price (INR)
2023 Sam Curran (PK) 18.50 Crore
2022 Ishan Kishan (MI) 15.25 Crore
2021 Chris Morris (RR) 16.25 crore
2020 Pat Cummins (KKR) 15.5 crore
2019 Jaydev Unadkat (RR), Varun Chakravarthy (KXIP) 8.4 crore
2018 Ben Stokes (RR) 12.5 crore
2017 Ben Stokes (RPS) 14.5 crore
2016 Shane Watson (RCB) 9.5 crore
2015 Yuvraj Singh (DD) 16 crore
2014 Yuvraj Singh (RCB) 14 crore
2013 Glenn Maxwell (MI) 6.3 crore
2012 Ravindra Jadeja (CSK) 12.8 crore
2011 Gautam Gambhir (KKR) 14.9 crore
2010 Shane Bond (KKR), Kieron Pollard (MI) 4.8 crore
2009 Kevin Pietersen (RCB), Andrew Flintoff (CSK) 9.8 crore
2008 MS Dhoni (CSK) 9.5 crore

Sam Curran – 18.50 Crore (2023)

Sam Curran, the English all-rounder, became the most expensive player in IPL history when he was bought by the Punjab Kings (PK) for a whopping INR 18.50 crore at the IPL 2023 auction. The left-arm pacer and left-handed batsman has been a consistent performer in the IPL and was one of the key players for the Chennai Super Kings in the previous seasons.

Ishan Kishan – 15.25 Crore (2022)

Ishan Kishan, the wicketkeeper-batsman from India, was the most expensive player in the IPL 2022 auction when he was bought by the Mumbai Indians for INR 15.25 crore. Kishan had a breakthrough season in IPL 2020, scoring 516 runs in 14 matches at an average of 57.33 and a strike rate of 145.76.

Chris Morris – 16.25 Crore (2021)

In 2021, Chris Morris became the most expensive player in IPL history when he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals for INR 16.25 crore. The South African all-rounder is known for his ability to hit big shots and pick wickets in crucial situations. He played a key role in helping the Royal Challengers Bangalore reach the playoffs in IPL 2020.

Pat Cummins – 15.5 Crore (2020)

In the IPL 2020 auction, Pat Cummins, the Australian pacer, became the most expensive overseas player in IPL history when he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 15.5 crore. Cummins is known for his ability to bowl fast and generate bounce, and he was expected to lead the KKR bowling attack in IPL 2020.

Jaydev Unadkat and Varun Chakravarthy – 8.4 Crore (2019)

In the IPL 2019 auction, Jaydev Unadkat and Varun Chakravarthy were bought for INR 8.4 crore by the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab respectively. Unadkat is a left-arm pacer who has represented India in limited-overs cricket, while Chakravarthy is a mystery spinner who made his IPL debut in 2019.

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Ben Stokes – 14.5 Crore (2017) and 12.5 Crore (2018)

Ben Stokes, the English all-rounder, has been one of the most expensive players in IPL history. In 2017, he was bought by the Rising Pune Supergiants for INR 14.5 crore, which made him the most expensive overseas player at the time. In 2018, he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals for INR 12.5 crore.

Shane Watson – 9.5 Crore (2016)

Shane Watson, the former Australian all-rounder, was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 9.5 crore in the IPL 2016 auction. Watson had a successful season with the bat, scoring 179 runs in 11 matches, but he struggled with the ball, picking up only 5 wickets.

Yuvraj Singh – 16 Crore (2015 and 14 Crore (2014)

Yuvraj Singh, the former Indian all-rounder, was one of the most expensive players in the early seasons of the IPL. In 2015, he was bought by the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) for INR 16 crore, which made him the most expensive player in IPL history at the time. In 2014, he was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 14 crore.

Ravindra Jadeja – 12.8 Crore (2012)

Ravindra Jadeja, the Indian all-rounder, was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for INR 12.8 crore in the IPL 2012 auction. Jadeja has been a consistent performer for the CSK, both with bat and ball, and he has been a key member of the team that has won multiple IPL titles.

Gautam Gambhir – 14.9 Crore (2011)

Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian opener, was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 14.9 crore in the IPL 2011 auction. Gambhir went on to lead the KKR to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014, and he was one of the most successful captains in the history of the league.

Shane Bond and Kieron Pollard – 4.8 Crore (2010)

In the IPL 2010 auction, Shane Bond, the former New Zealand fast bowler, and Kieron Pollard, the West Indian all-rounder, were bought for INR 4.8 crore by the Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians respectively. Pollard has been a consistent performer for the Mumbai Indians over the years, while Bond played only a few matches for the KKR due to injury concerns.

Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff – 9.8 Crore (2009)

In the inaugural IPL auction in 2008, MS Dhoni became the most expensive player in IPL history at the time when he was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for INR 9.5 crore. In the second season, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff were bought for INR 9.8 crore by the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings respectively.

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Most Expensive Players in IPL 2023 Auction 

Sam Curran has become the most expensive player ever to be bought in the history of IPL, as Chennai Kings have signed him for a whopping 18.50 Crore Rupees in the 2023 season.

IPL Team Most Expensive Player Price (INR)
Mumbai Indians  Ishan Kishan  15.25 crore
Chennai Super Kings  Deepak Chahar  14 crore
Kolkata Knight Riders  Shreyas Iyer  12.25 crore
Punjab Kings  Liam Livingstone  11.50 crore
Delhi Capitals  Shardul Thakur Bowler  10.75 crore
Royal Challengers Bangalore  Wanindu Hasaranga  10.75 crore
Royal Challengers Bangalore  Harshal Patel  10.75 crore
Sunrisers Hyderabad  Nicholas Pooran  10.75 crore
Gujarat Titans  Lockie Ferguson  10 crore
Lucknow Super Giants  Avesh Khan  10 crore

List of Most Expensive Player in IPL History

Year Player and Team Price (INR)
2015 Yuvraj Singh (DD) 16 crore
2022 Ishan Kishan (MI) 15.25 crore
2014 Yuvraj Singh (RCB) 14 crore
2014 Dinesh Karthik (DD) 12.50 crore
2022 Shreyas Iyer (KKR) 12.25 crore

Most Expensive Player in IPL History FAQs :

Who is the most expensive player in the history of IPL?

Sam Curran is the most expensive player to be bought in the history of IPL with a price of 18.50 Crore Rupees in 2023.

Which team bought Chris Morris for the highest price in IPL 2021?

Chris Morris was bought by Rajasthan Royals (RR) for a price of 16.25 crore in IPL 2021.

Who was the most expensive player in IPL 2010?

In IPL 2010, both Shane Bond (KKR) and Kieron Pollard (MI) were bought for 4.8 crore Rupees, making them the most expensive players of the season.

Which player was bought for the highest price in IPL 2012?

Ravindra Jadeja was bought for the highest price of 12.8 crore Rupees by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2012

 

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