IPL has become the biggest sporting event in India and gives hundreds of uncapped players opportunities each year. IPL is a festival in India and the fan following of every team follow their teams and players very loyally. Teams spend millions of rupees on buying players during the auction. Sometimes new players are bought for crores by teams. Let us look at the highest IPL auction bids over the years.
1. Chris Morris – 16.25 Crores
When Chris Morris was hired by Rajasthan Royals at the IPL 2021 mini-auction, he became the most expensive player ever purchased in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Chris Morris is an all arounder and has won his teams’ many matches in the previous IPL seasons. This is the reason why Rajasthan Royals spent 16.25 crores to get him. With 15 wickets in 11 games, the all-rounder led the Royals in wickets for the ensuing season.
2. Yuvraj Singh – 16 Crores
Just one year after Royal Challengers Bangalore made a successful bid of INR 14 Crore for him, the flamboyant left-hander was signed by Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) ahead of the 2015 season for a record-breaking INR 16 crore. This is the highest-ever bid made for an Indian player in the IPL. The world cup winner left the league in 2019 on a high note, slamming a scorching 50 on his debut for the champion Mumbai Indians.
3. Pat Cummins – 15.5 Crores
The IPL was rocked by the lanky Australian pacer in 2020, when Kolkata Knight Riders broke the bank to sign him for a whopping INR 15.5 crore, making him the most expensive foreign player the league has ever seen. Cummins delivered on his promise, taking 12 wickets for KKR while also contributing with the bat in the lower order, including a lightning-quick fifty while batting at position seven. He is a perfect t20 player and has won his team many matches.
4. Ishan Kishan – 15.25 Crores
The Mumbai Indians won the fierce bidding battle to re-sign Kishan, who had previously played for the franchise's Mumbai-based team for several seasons, and paid a hefty Rs 15.25 Crore to do so. Kishan is an aggressive and dependable batsman and is a match-winner. In the 2022 IPL, Ishan Kishan became the most expensive player.
5. Kyle Jamieson – 15 Crores
The tall New Zealander was the second most expensive player at the 2021 IPL auctions, as Royal Challengers Bangalore, captained by Virat Kohli, paid a whopping INR 15 crore to sign him. Jamieson was expected to dominate the premier T20 league after making his ODI debut against India and owning the greatest bowling numbers (6/7) by a New Zealander in the T20s. The bowler, though, had inconsistent results, taking just nine wickets in as many games, and cost a lot with an economy of 9.60.
6. Ben Stokes – 14.5 Crores
The talismanic England all-rounder put up a fantastic 2017 season for Rising Pune Supergiant, more than living up to his price tag of INR 14.5 crores. He scored 316 runs at 142.98 mph and slammed a game-winning hundred off just 63 balls. Because of his all-around excellence, his team advanced to the final by taking 12 wickets at an average of 7.18 runs per over. It, therefore, came as no surprise when Stokes won the following auction as well, being acquired by Rajasthan Royals for 12.5 crores for the 2018 campaign.
7. Deepak Chahar – 14 Crores
In the 58 IPL games Chahar has played for MS Dhoni's club since joining CSK in 2018, he has taken 58 wickets, giving him an economy rate of 7.70. Chahar has been Dhoni's most important bowler in the PowerPlay overs, making the most of his ability to swing the ball. The 29-year-old was the subject of a bidding battle between the Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Delhi Capitals. In the end, CSK fought and prevailed in the deal, purchasing Chahar for a staggering 14 crores.
8. Dinesh Kartik – 13 Crores
Dinesh Karthik's unexpected signing by Delhi Daredevils in 2014 at a staggering fee of Rs 13 crore produced zero results. Karthik utterly failed to uphold the standards of the team and demonstrate why his price tag was justified. But today, Dinesh Kartik is the most sought-after player in the IPL.
9. Ravindra Jadeja – 12.8 Crores
Ravindra Jadeja is the best all-rounder in India. When it comes to finishing, he is the most aggressive player. He is also an excellent spinner and takes crucial wickets in the match. Other than this, he also is the best fielder in India. In the 2012 IPL, Jadeja was taken by CSK for 12.8 crore rupees. He has been a part of CSK throughout after that.
10. Shreyas Iyer – 12.25 Crores
The Mumbai batsman was acquired by Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping Rs. 12.25 crores after the two-time IPL champions outwitted Gujarat Titans and Delhi Capitals. Iyer has guided the Delhi Capitals to a comeback since taking over as team captain from Gautam Gambhir in the IPL 2018. Iyer can bat in the middle order for any team, and he might even run for a manager.