Top 10 Most Expensive Players in IPL History: The inception of T-20 cricket was a revolution in the game of cricket. T-20 Cricket bought in with it the domestic cricket leagues which gained significant popularity and viewership. One such league that got incorporated in 2008 is the Indian Premier League that still dominates most other domestic leagues around the world.
The IPL is the most cash-rich league across the world. The eight franchises invest crores of rupees in the formation of a team and at the player auctions. Over the years, the IPL auction has grown intense as the franchisees battle for their favorite pick. Here is the list of Top 10 most expensive players in IPL:
Top 10 Most Expensive Players in IPL
Ben Stokes, Rajasthan Royals
(Rs. 12.5 Crore)
Ben Stokes is a professional Batting All-Rounder from the England Cricket Team. He is widely praised for his heroics that helped England to lift their maiden ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019. Ben Stokes has been an integral part of the IPL as he has a significant contribution to many franchisees.
Stokes has played for the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise before being picked by the Rajasthan Royals. In the IPL Auction of 2018, Stokes was picked by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping amount of Rs. 12.5 Crore and he remains the 10th most expensive player in IPL.
Yuvraj Singh, Royal Challengers Bangalore
(Rs. 14 Crore)
Yuvraj Singh was one of the best T-20 batsmen on the Indian side. Yuvraj Singh is highly acknowledged in the cricketing world for his mesmerizing six sixes of six balls to Stuart Broad of England at the T-20 World Cup in 2007. Yuvraj also helped the Indian team to lift the ICC World Cup in 2011.
Yuvraj has played for several franchises at IPL that include Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, and Royal Challengers Bangalore. RCB bought Yuvraj Singh for Rs. 14 Crore in the 2014 auction as Yuvi remained the 9th most expensive player in IPL history.
Jhye Richardson, Kings XI Punjab
The all-new bowling sensation from Australia, Jhye Richardson is a Left-Arm Fast Bowler who has represented the Australian National Cricket Team. Richardson has been a productive bowler for the Aussies in limited-overs fixtures and he was going to be a favorite pick at the 2021 auction.
Owing to his exceptional international performance, Richardson was picked by the Kings XI Punjab franchise at a huge amount of 14 crores at the Vivo IPL auction of 2021. Richardson however did not deliver for Punjab as he pulled out of the second leg due to an injury.
Glenn Maxwell, Royal Challengers Bangalore
(Rs. 14.25 Crore)
Glenn Maxwell is one of the best T-20 cricketers in the world. Maxwell has a hard-hitting ability and the ability of smashing switch hit for a six. Maxwell also bowls Right-Arm Off-Spin and is a valuable asset for Australia. Maxwell has always remained a top pick at the Auctions.
He was first picked by Mumbai Indians for 5 crores and then by Kings XI Punjab for 10 crores. At the cash-rich 2021 Vivo IPL Auction, Maxwell was picked by the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise at Rs. 14.25 crores to be the 7th most expensive player in IPL.
Ben Stokes, Rising Pune Supergiants
(Rs. 14.5 Crore)
Ben Stokes has been featured on the list for the second time. The franchisees at IPL have a close watch on Stokes as he remains the favorite of every team. Each franchise at IPL has bid for Stokes at least once in the auction. Stokes delivers for the team just when they need it the most.
Ben Stokes was picked by the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise for an amount of Rs. 14.5 crore at the 2017 auction. Stokes is also the 6th most expensive player in IPL. He performed brilliantly for the RPS as the franchise were the runners-up in the 2017 season.
Gautam Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders
(Rs. 14.9 Crore)
Gautam Gambhir was one of the best Opening batsmen for the Indian cricket team. Gambhir had a brief history at IPL and played along with Virender Sehwag at the initial stages for the Delhi Daredevils franchise. Gambhir was released by Delhi before the 2011 season and all franchisees desperately wanted the left-handed opener.
Kolkata Knight Riders succeeded in getting their captain at a whopping price of Rs. 14.9 crore in the 2011 auction. Gambhir is the 5th most expensive player at IPL and he led the KKR franchise to a couple of IPL Triumphs in 2012 and 2014.
Kyle Jamieson, Royal Challengers Bangalore
(Rs. 15 Crore)
The all-new tall all-rounder from New Zealand had just captured the attention of every franchise before the auction. Jamieson is a medium-pace bowler who performed magnificently for the New Zealand team. Jamieson had never been a part of IPL before this and it was his maiden IPL auction that turned out to be fruitful for him.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise bought Jamieson for a whopping price of Rs. 15 crores as he became the 4th most expensive player at IPL. Jamieson performed brilliantly for the RCB.
Pat Cummins, Kolkata Knight Riders
(Rs. 15.5 Crore)
The Aussies have been in serious demand at the IPL Auctions. Pat Cummins was another important pick as every franchise wanted the tall pace bowler in their side. Pat Cummins had earlier played for several franchises including Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians.
At the Vivo IPL Auction in 2020, Pat Cummins was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise for an amount of Rs. 15.50 Crore. This made Cummins the 3rd most expensive player at IPL and he was also the most expensive buy by any franchise at the Dream 11 IPL 2020.
Yuvraj Singh, Delhi Daredevils
(Rs. 16 Crore)
Yuvraj Singh has been featured on the list for the second time. His aggressive batting technique and worthy all-around performance make him the favorite pick for every franchise. Yuvraj Singh has been the most expensive pick at two consecutive IPL auctions.
After being released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise before the 2015 IPL Auction, Delhi Daredevils bid the highest quote for Yuvraj Singh that was Rs. 16 Crore. This made Yuvraj the 2nd most expensive player at IPL. Yuvraj Singh however failed to deliver for the Delhi Daredevils franchise and was later picked by Mumbai Indians.
Chris Morris, Rajasthan Royals
(Rs. 16.5 Crore)
The Vivo IPL Auction 2021 was the most fiercely conducted in IPL History. Five players were bought for more than 10 Crores. The highlight of the auction was Chris Morris. Chris Morris became the most expensive player at IPL after he was picked by the Rajasthan Royals franchise for a whopping Rs. 16.5 Crore.
Morris is a South-African bowling all-rounder and has been a valuable player for many franchisees. He was earlier picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore for 12 crores in the 2020 auction.
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