Every year, IPL
franchises break the bank to bag the most sought-after players who they believe will make a difference to their fortunes. But teams who get the most expensive player of the auction might want to pause before uncorking the bubbly.
With the sole exception of 2013, when Mumbai Indians got Glenn Maxwell
for 1 million dollars, the team that bought the most expensive player in an auction has never won the IPL title the same year.
But first, a caveat. We have not looked at ‘icon players’ or retained players, only the players who came up for auction each year.
IPL saga: Big expense, low return
Now, let’s look at the records. In the very first auction, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the most expensive player and his team Chennai Super Kings finished as the tournament’s runner-up.
In 2009, Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen were the most expensive players as both fetched 1.55 million dollars each – even higher than Dhoni who had been sold for 1.5 million dollars. Flintoff’s CSK lost in the semis while Pietersen’s Royal Challengers Bangalore was that year’s runner-up.
In 2010, Shane Bond and Kieron Pollard were the most expensive players but Bond’s Kolkata Knight Riders ended the season in 6th place on the points table while Pollard’s Mumbai Indians were the runner-up.
In 2011, Kolkata Knight Riders paid 2.4 million dollars to buy Gautam Gambhir but their season ended in the elimination final. The team was placed fourth in the final points table.
In 2012, CSK bought Ravindra Jadeja for 2 million dollars and ended as the tournament’s runner-up. The year 2013 was the only exception when a team buying the most expensive player also emerged as the winner. Since 2014 the auction is being done in Indian rupees instead of dollars and Yuvraj Singh was the most expensive buy for both 2014 and 2015 – firstly by RCB and later by Delhi Daredevils. Both teams ended the 7th.
Shane Watson was the most expensive player of 2016 and his team RCB finished as the tournament’s runner-up. In 2017, Ben Stokes was the most expensive player and his team Rising Pune Supergiants was the runner-up.
Most expensive buys of IPL 2023 auction
<p>England all-rounder Sam Curran became the most expensive player in the history of IPL auctions after fetching a whopping Rs 18.5 crore bid from Punjab Kings.</p>
<p>The man of the tournament of the 2022 T20 World Cup surpassed Chris Morris’s Rs 16.25 crore which were shelled out by Rajasthan Royals in 2021.</p>
<p>An intense bidding followed for Curran with MI, RCB, RR, CSK, LSG and PBKS raising their paddles frantically to secure the services of Curran.</p>
<p>Cameron Green has become an instant highlight around the world after becoming the most expensive Australian to be bought in the history of the IPL.</p>
<p>Australia all-rounder Green was the second-highest earner, fetching Rs 17.5 crore bid from Mumbai Indians.</p>
<p>This will be Green’s first IPL journey and he will make sure he makes it worth it for the MI side.</p>
<p>England Test skipper Ben Stokes was the third-highest gainer, fetching Rs 16.25 crore from CSK who pipped Lucknow Super Giants in another intense bidding war.</p>
<p>Stokes is the most explosive all-rounder and the most reliable player in the modern-day game.</p>
<p>With Dhoni, in all likelihood set to feature in his last IPL next season and Chennai struggling for a leader, Stokes’ purchase comes as a major boost for the Southern franchise.</p>
<p>Swashbuckling Trinidadian Nicholas Pooran, who became the fourth highest buy of the 2023 auction, got the backing of Lucknow Super Giants as they shelled out a whopping Rs 16 crore to buy the former West Indian skipper.</p>
<p>The last time, Pooran was bought by Hyderabad at the auction for Rs 10.75 crore but got released after an under-par show in the last season. </p>
<p>Pooran bid invited an initial three-way battle with Delhi, Rajasthan and Chennai gunning for the stylish wicketkeeper-batter. But then, Lucknow joined in late and eventually sealed the deal, outbidding the other franchises.</p>
<p>Harry Brook became the first millionaire of the day at the IPL 2023 auction as SRH snapped him up for their first buy for Rs 13.25 crore after a head-to-head battle with Rajasthan.</p>
<p>Brook, who made his England T20I and Test debuts this year, collected a cheque more than 8 times his base price of Rs 1.5 crore, becoming the most expensive specialist batsman ever sold at a mini-auction.</p>
<p>Brook recently struck 3 hundreds in as many games, setting a new record for most runs by an England batter in a Test series in Pakistan.</p>
<p>One of the prominent players of the Indian and international circuit, Mayank was the captain of the Punjab Kings in the 2022 IPL edition.</p>
<p>CSK and SRH were involved in an intense bidding battle but in the end SRH won the bid and bought Mayank for Rs 8.25 crore.</p>
<p>Mayank’s last year with Punjab was not fruitful as a captain as it hampered his batting as he only struck 196 runs in 13 matches.</p>
<p>Shivam Mavi, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the last season, will now play for Gujarat Titans in the 2023 edition of the IPL. Mavi is known for his pace and variations with the ball and decent hard-hitting at the end of the innings. GT and RR had a bidding war for Mavi in which the former had the upper hand and they grabbed him at Rs 6 crore.</p>