Most Expensive Buys in IPL History (2008 to 2023)

Indian Premier League due to the auction system has every year made headlines around the world for the most expensive buys in IPL because of the big prize checks players get after an intense auction between 10 franchises. The big bid comes from the franchise due to two main reasons. One is the current performance of that specific player while the other is because of the team combination franchise is desperate to have that player whether it could be an all-rounder, bowler, or a power batter. These 2 key factors force the franchise to keep raising the bid and make sure they get that specific player in their team. 

Expensive Buys in IPL 2023 Mini Auction

IPL 2023 is going to be started in April 2023 and today all teams are spending all their remaining purse amount to get hold of some of the top talent available in India as well as in the international circuit. Today, four overseas players got the biggest amounts and became the most expensive buys in IPL history. Below is the list of players who bagged the biggest paychecks this year. 

PlayerCountryPrice (INR)Team
Sam CurranEngland18.50 CrorePunjab Kings
Cameron GreenAustralia17.50 CroreMumbai Indians
Ben StokesEngland16.25 CroreChennai Super Kings
Nicholas PooranWest Indies16 CroreLucknow Super Giants

Sam Curran was expected to be among the highest bid getters because of his recent performances at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup which England won because of Sam’s brilliant performances not only in the Final but throughout the tournament. Punjab Kings went for him mainly because they needed a genuine all-rounder in their lineup who can not only do wonders with the ball but who can also bat in crucial moments. 

Cameron Green was also rated very highly by many cricket experts all around the world and there are some Indian media houses who already claimed Mumbai will go hard to get Green on their team at any price. Green bagged 17.50 Crore which would mean he became a multi-millionaire today at a price of A$3.15million. 

Chennai often had the services of Sam Curran who played for them in 2019 & 2020 but this year they went all in to get Ben Stokes into their franchise who can provide them solid options as an all-rounder, a bowler who can bowl his full quota, a batter who can score winning runs at the death and he is a great leader as well. Chennai experimented last year with Jadeja as captain which didn’t work quite well for them. MS Dhoni so far is announced as the captain for CSK in TATA IPL 2023. 

Nicholas Pooran was another player who was expected to be picked pretty early in the auctions because of the explosive batting ability he offers at the T20 circuit. He is a wicketkeeper as well so franchises pay big for a player who can fulfill two roles. LSG was always looking for quality batters in their team so they got hold of him after paying a huge salary of 16 Crore. 

10 Most Expensive Buys in IPL All Seasons

All four players picked today in the auctions make it to the list of most expensive buys in IPL ever which shows IPL is getting bigger and bigger every year with players making the most out of it. Here are the top 10 most expensive buys in IPL history. 

  • Sam Curran to Punjab Kings for 18.50 Crore in IPL 2023
  • Cameron Green to Mumbai Indians for 17.50 Crore in IPL 2023
  • Ben Stokes to Chennai Super Kings for 16.25 Crore in IPL 2023
  • Chris Morris to Rajasthan Royals for 16.25 Crore in IPL 2021
  • Yuvraj Singh to Delhi Daredevils for 16 Crore in IPL 2015
  • Nicholas Pooran to Lucknow Super Giants for 16 Crore in IPL 2023
  • Pat Cummins to Kolkata Knight Riders for 15.50 Crore in IPL 2020
  • Ishan Kishan to Mumbai Indians for 15.25 Crore in IPL 2022
  • Kyle Jamieson to Royal Challengers Bangalore for 15 Crore in IPL 2021
  • Ben Stokes to Rising Pune Supergiants for 14.5 Crore in IPL 2017

This year Sam Curran got the biggest cash bag and it brings a huge responsibility on his shoulders as both the team owner and the fans will expect Sam to help win many games for Punjab and repeat his heroics of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. 

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