The fifteen edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season is here!!

What can be more gripping and captivating then watching India’s favorite sport, Cricket in a packed stadium. IPL is a paisa vasool Cricket Carnival with entertainment extravaganza and so much more, that all the franchise owners. players and cricket fans look forward to. Truly, nothing compares to the IPL in India.

At the time of IPL auctions, big money is shelled out. IPL franchisees rarely hold back their money while trying to grab top stars. Some of the signed players are big names who have been purchased for a hefty amount cash. So, who are the most expensive IPL players??

In this article, lets take a look at the most expensive players In the history of the Indian Premier League.

Most Expensive IPL Players of all time:

MS Dhoni – Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

  • Price – Rs. 9.5 crore
  • Year – 2008  

MS Dhoni has been one of CSK’s most loyal players. In the inaugural edition in 2008, Dhoni was purchased by Chennai Super Kings for a bawling Rs. 9.5 crore. CSK team went on to qualify for the finals for nearly 8 times due to the outstanding leadership of MS Dhoni. Dhoni’s performances earned him the nickname ‘Thala’ (leader in Tamil) and ‘Captain Cool’.

Truly, MS Dhoni is synonym with perfection – he is the greatest player, the world has ever seen or will ever see.

Kevin Pietersen – Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

  • Price – Rs. 9.8 crore
  • Year – 2009

Former England Batsman superstar Kevin Pietersen was one of the first English players to participate in the Indian Premier League. He started his IPL stint in 2009 with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and even captained them. He was sold for Rs. 9.8 crore at the IPL auction in 2009, making him the highest-paid cricketer in the Twenty20 league, 2009.

Andrew Flintoff – Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

  • Price – 9.8 crore
  • Year – 2009

England’s bustling all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was purchased for a whopping Rs. 9.8 crore by Chennai Super Kings. However, Flintoff failed to justify his hefty paycheck as he featured in barely three matches that year. Without any remarkable significance., IPL 2009 was Flintoff’s first and final appearance in the Indian Premier League.

Shane Bond – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

  • Price – Rs. 4.8 crore
  • Year – 2010

Former New Zealand Speedster Shane Bond emerged as the most expensive player in 2010 when the Kolkata Knight Riders claimed him ahead of the Deccan Chargers for Rs. 4.8 crore. By making the highest bid, KKR finally grabbed the paceman. Bond had a great inning as he went on to pick 9 wickets for the KKR franchise.

Kieron Pollard – Mumbai Indians (MI)

  • Price – Rs. 4.8 crore
  • Year – 2010

Kioron Pollard is an IPL Veteran. The West Indies all-rounder was sold for a whopping Rs. 4.8 crore to Mumbai Indians – emerging as the most expensive player apart from Kiwi player Shane Bond in the third edition of the Indian Premier League. Interestingly, there was a bidding war from four franchises in the auction, with MI finally winning him over. Pollard is undoubtedly one of the best players in the history of IPL and has been one of MI’s prized assets.

Gautam Gambhir – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

  • Price – Rs. 14.9 crore
  • Year – 2011

Gautam Gambhir joined Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs. 14.9 crore, thus becoming the most expensive player in 2011. His incredible performances and leadership between 2011 and 2017 resulted in KKR becoming the Indian Premier League. IPL champions in 2012 and 2014.

Ravindra Jadeja – Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

  • Price – Rs. 12.8 crore
  • Year – 2012

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was acquired by the Chennai Super Kings for Rs. 12.8 crore. Jadeja impressed by picking outstanding 12 wickets in 19 matches at an economy rate of 7.80. He was an important member of CSK team until the team was banned for two years.

Glenn Maxwell – Mumbai Indians (MI)

  • Price – Rs. 6.3 crore
  • Year – 2013

The Australian all rounder is one of the most explosive players. In IPL 2013 auction, Glen Maxwell was sold for hefty Rs. 6.3 crore which was the highest amount a player sold in that season. In the same year, MI won their first IPL title, as well as Champions League T20 title. Famous for his big-hitting ability, bowling skills, and sharp fielding, Maxwell has an impressive ability to change the course of the game at any given time.

Yuvraj Singh – Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

  • Price – Rs. 14 crore
  • Year – 2014

Yuvraj’s breakthrough moments came in IPL Auction 2014. He became the costliest ever player of all time in IPL 2014 when Royal Challengers Bangalore splashed Rs 14 crore. An explosive performer. Yuvraj batted beautifully at the top of the order and became the second highest run-getter for RCB, with a total of 376 runs in 14 matches at the strike rate of 135.25, including three fifties.

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Yuvraj Singh – Delhi Daredevils (DD)

  • Price – Rs. 16 crore
  • Year – 2015

Yuvraj Singh was the most expensive player for the second consecutive year in IPL 2015. Royal Challengers tried hard to get Yuvraj back at the auction, but had to give up to Delhi Daredevils for a staggering sum of Rs. 16 crore. It is still the highest ever bid in the history of the IPL auctions. Yuvraj failed to pull off anything special in IPL 2015 as the all-rounder scored just 248 runs in 14 matches. Later, he was released by the franchise in 2016.

Shane Watson – Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

  • Price – Rs. 9.5 crore
  • Year – 2016

The Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs. 9.5 crore and had been an integral part of RCB till 2020. Watson was worth the bid as he is the only player who has been named, ‘the Player of the Tournament’ twice (2008 and 2013) in the IPL.

Ben Stokes – Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS)

  • Price – Rs. 14.5 crore
  • Year – 2017

It is safe to say that Ben Stokes is one of the greatest players in the history of IPL. The Star England all-rounder debuted in IPL 2017 and became the most expensive foreign player in IPL history when he was bagged by Rising Pune Supergiants for a whopping figure of Rs. 14.5 crore in that year. Stokes is one of the most commanding batsmen in the world and did not disappoint either. He turned out to be the Most Valuable Player of the edition, scoring 316 runs and picking 12 wickets in the season for Rising Pune Supergiants.

Ben Stokes – Rajasthan Royals (RR)

  • Price – Rs. 12.5 crore
  • Year – 2018

Ben Stokes was a hot contender at the IPL 2018 auction as most of the franchises were interested in signing the Englishman. Just like the previous year, Stokes was fetched by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping Rs. 12.5 crore.

Jaydev Unadkat (RR) and Varun Chakravarthy (KXIP)

  • Team – Rajasthan Royals and Kings Punjab
  • Price – Rs. 8.4 crore
  • Year – 2019

Indian cricketers Jaydev Unadkat (RR) and Varun Chakravarthy (KXIP) were the most expensive players in IPL auction 2019. Both had winning bids for Rs. 8.4 crore. While left pacer Jaydev was bought by Rajasthan Royals, Varun was picked by Kings Punjab. Both the players couldn’t live up to the expectations – Unadkat had a lukeworm IPL 2019 and failed terribly at being an effective left-arm seamer. Varun had the worst debut in IPL history and was ruled out of IPL shortly afterwards due to his injuries.

Pat Cummins – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

  • Price – Rs. 15.5 crore
  • Year – 2020

The top ranked Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs. 15.5 crore. There was an intense bidding race between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, however Kolkata Knight Riders entered the race and signed Cummins. Pat Cummins justified his multi-million dollar price tag by serving a decent IPL season. He was the backbone of the franchise’s bowling department, as well as proved himself with the bat.

Chris Morris – Rajasthan Royals (RR)

  • Price – Rs. 16.25 crore
  • Year – 2021

The South African all-rounder Chris Morris created history in 2021 after he was picked by Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 16.25 crore. A total of four teams (Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and the Royals) fought hard to pick him in the auction. Morris secured the important breakthroughs and provided the much-needed balance required in the team to help them win several games.

Ishan Kishan – Mumbai Indians (MI)

  • Price – Rs. 15.25 crore
  • Year – 2022

The 23-year old star Indian wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan was bought for a staggering Rs 15.25 crore by Mumbai Indians making him the most expensive player in IPL auction 2022. Kishan has been associated with the five-time champions Mumbai Indians since the 2018 season. With a favorable record against all bowling types apart from off-spin, the superstar player already has a strike rate of over 130 in all phases.

IPL Auction 2022: Top 10 Most Expensive Players

  • Ishan Kishan – Wicket Keeper – Mumbai Indians – Rs. 15.25 crore   
  • Deepak Chahar – Bowler – Chennai Super Kings – Rs. 14 crore
  • Shreyas Iyer – Batsman – Kolkata Knight Riders – Rs. 12.25 crore
  • Liam Livingstone – All-Rounder – Punjab Kings – Rs. 11.50 crore
  • Shardul Thakur – Bowler – Delhi Capitals – Rs. 10.75 crore
  • Wanindu Hasaranga – All-Rounder – Royal Challengers Bangalore – Rs. 10.75 crore
  • Harshal Patel – All-Rounder – Royal Challengers Bangalore – Rs. 10.75 crore
  • Nicholas Pooran – Wicket Keeper – Sunrisers Hyderabad – Rs. 10.75 crore
  • Lockie Ferguson – Bowler – Gujarat Titans  – Rs. 10 crore
  • Avesh Khan – Bowler – Lucknow Super Giants – Rs. 10 crore

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