The IPL 2023 player auction held in Kochi set a new record in the history of IPL. England all-rounder Sam Curran became the most expensive purchase in Indian Premier League history. The Indian Premier League 2023 auction in Kochi on Friday was a record-breaking event, with the 10 franchises going on a shopping spree. Undoubtedly the international players, particularly all-rounders, laughed their way to the banks as franchise owners shelled out millions without hesitation to meet the demands and needs of their teams.
SAM CURRAN – RS.18.5 CRORES
Undoubtedly The English all-rounder has made history after being purchased by Punjab Kings for Rs. 18.5 crores, the highest bid in the history of the Indian Premier League. Ans he has also become the youngest and most expensive player in IPL history.
During the 2023 IPL auction, he became one of the most expensive IPL players. The Punjab Kings signed him. Curran drew interest in the auction after winning the 2022 T20 World Cup Player of the Tournament award. He was named Player of the Match in England’s final victory over Australia. Curran did not register for the IPL mega auction in February 2022, citing back injury rehabilitation.
In the 2020 and 2021 seasons, the left-arm pacer played for Chennai Super Kings. Punjab Kings, who signed him for Rs. 7.2 crore in 2019, which gave him his IPL debut. Curran has scored 337 runs in 32 games over three seasons, with a strike rate of 149.78, and has 32 wickets with an economy of 9.21.
CAMERON GREEN – RS.17.50 CRORES
Cameron Green, aged 23, is another young talent who has joined the list of the most expensive players in IPL history. The Mumbai Indians selected the Australian all-rounder in 2023. Cameron Green was sold to the Mumbai Indians for Rs. 17.50 crores, making him the second most expensive foreign player in IPL history.
BEN STOKES- RS.16.25 CRORES
Indeed English all-rounder Ben Stokes has been sold to Chennai Super Kings and is supposed to be among the most expensive players in the Mini IPL Auction 2023 on December 23rd. He is a 31-year-old wicket-taker and aggressive batter. This all-rounder player was sold to Chennai Super Kings for Rs. 16.25 crores, making him the third most expensive foreign player in IPL history. Moreover Ben Stokes was already the most expensive player in the IPL in 2017 and 2018, with 14.5 crores and 12.5 crores, respectively.
CHRIS MORRIS- RS. 16.25 CRORES
The former South African all-rounder Chris Morris became the most expensive player during the IPL auction. He was chosen by Rajasthan Royals, who acquired him at the IPL 2021 mini-auction. And released ahead of the auction by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who had purchased him for INR 10 crore the previous year. He was involved in a bidding war that made his value skyrocket to more than 21 times his starting price of INR 75 lakh to a whopping INR 16.25 crore.
He finished the IPL 2021 season being Rajasthan’s leading wicket-taker, with 15 wickets in 11 matches.
NICHOLAS POORAN – RS.16 CRORES
Nicholas Pooran was signed by Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL 2023 auction in Kochi on Friday for Rs 16 crore, making him the most expensive wicketkeeper batter in IPL auction history. Pooran joined Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2022 season after being selected for Rs. 10.75 crores in the mega auction. However, the franchise released the wicketkeeper-batter, who was kept ahead during the mini-auction. In 14 games, he scored 306 runs.
Likely, Pooran has also represented the Punjab Kings. Over his four seasons in the tournament, the West Indies player has averaged 26.06 with a strike rate of 151.24.
YUVRAJ SINGH- RS.16 CRORES
Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh struck gold when he was acquired by the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals). He was taken over by the franchise at an amount of INR 16 crore ahead of the 2015 IPL. Yuvraj, struggling to reclaim his spot in Team India, had received another big bid of INR 14 crore from RCB the previous season. Yuvraj failed to live up to expectations with Delhi, besides scoring 248 runs and taking one wicket in 14 games. And then he was signed in by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 7 crore.
Yuvraj, past his prime, would play four more seasons and win two IPL titles, with SRH in 2016 and Mumbai Indians in 2019.
PAT CUMMINS- RS.15.5 CRORES
Pat Cummins, an Australian seamer, made headlines during the IPL 2020 auction when the Kolkata Knight Riders bid INR 15.5 crore for his services. In his debut season, Cummins took 12 wickets for KKR and contributed useful lower-order knocks, including a quick-fire fifty. Moreover Cummins was released by KKR ahead of the 2022 auction, and the franchise repurchased him for INR 7.25 crore – half the price of his previous year’s record-breaking bid.