The Indian Premier League has turned into a big brand. If you go back in the past, you’ll find out cricketers were not making money like player of other sports. But the introduction of the IPL has changed the lifestyle of various cricketers. One thing that uplifts IPL different from other cricket leagues is the auction. No other T20 tournament provides this facility to their franchise. Many cricketers, including overseas players, have changed overnight. The Australian players are the backbone of the IPL. They have entertained the fans all season. The quality Australians bring into the field makes IPL franchises go after those players in the auction.
1. Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins is among the best bowler this era. This right-arm pacer has dominated against many top batters. Being one of the most reliable bowlers makes Cummins special from other bowlers. In the 2020 IPL auction, he became the most expensive overseas player in IPL history. He bagged 15.5 crores. It was the Kolkata franchise that won the bid.
2. Glenn Maxwell
Maxwell is famous as a big-show. The reason behind this name is primarily because of his hard-hitting abilities. Maxwell is a renowned face in world cricket. His fearless batting approach makes him different from others. However, his records in the IPL are not that impressive except a few seasons, still, the franchise loves to go after him in the auction. In the 2021 auction he was sold to Royal challengers Bangalore for 14.5 crores. This season was the most successful for him.
3. Jhye Richardson
Jhye is a talented young fast bowler who belongs to Australia. Jhye is the future of cricket. He can put any batsman into trouble with his pace and swing. In the 2021 auction, Punjab franchise bought Jhye for a whopping amount of 14 crores. He became one of the most expensive players in the IPL.
4. David Warner
David Warner is a left-handed batsman of Australia. He is famous for explosive batting. Warner has been playing cricket for one decade. He is currently the best all-format player of Australia. Warner started IPL career with the Delhi franchise. He impressed everyone with dynamic batting. In the 2014 IPL auction Sunrisers Hyderabad bid the most amount for him. Warner is earning 12 crores+ in each season.
5. Steve Smith
Smith is regarded as the modern-day Bradman. His consistency is just phenomenal. Steve gets recognition mainly for his batting records in test cricket, but he shows cricket fans that his talent is not limited to test cricket only. Smith started his IPL journey with Pune later, the Rajasthan franchise picked him in the auction. Smith used to get 12 crores till 2019 Afer that, Rajasthan released him.
6. Mitchell Starc
The left-arm pacer has been one of the best Pacers in the last ten years. Starc is one of the rarest bowlers who dominated all three formats. His ability to hit the batsman’s, pad with inswing deliveries makes him more dangerous. In the 2018 auction, he bagged a mammoth amount of 9 crores. It was Kolkata who won the bid. However, he didn’t feature in that season due to injury.
7. Shane Watson
Shane Watson is one of the most prolific all-rounders of cricket. He is a former Australian player. The job of all-rounders in cricket is the toughest one. They have to bowl handy overs along with scoring some runs. Watson started his IPL career with the Rajasthan franchise. He went on to win the man of the tournament award in the same season. Watson used to get eight crores from the Rajasthan franchise.
8. Riley Meredith
The IPL auction has changed the lives of players overnight. Meredith is one of the prime examples of this. He became the most expensive overseas uncapped player when Punjab franchise bid him for 8 crores. Riley got this much amount for his phenomenal performance in big bash league.
9. Mitchell Johnson
Australia has Produced top-quality fast bowlers in cricket. Johnson has been the prime successor among them. His ability to outclass batters with fiery bouncers was better than others. Johnson got a well-deserved IPL contract in 2014 when the Punjab Franchise grabbed him for 6.6 crores. Johnson didn’t let down franchise trust and give his best till the final match of that season.
10. Marcus Stoinis
Stoinis is famous as a nickname of the hulk. His big and strong muscles help him to hammer the ball out of the park. Stoinis is currently is one of the most effective all-rounders. He started his IPL career with the Punjab franchise. He sold it for a significant amount of 6 crores. Stoinis has been playing for Delhi for the last three seasons.