Probably India might be the only country that is offering more salary to foreign players than its own star players in the world’s biggest t20 league. Yes, I am talking about the recent auction for IPL 2024 where all the 10 franchise owners have helped to break the old record of the most expensive players in IPL history. Till now, all of yous guys would probably heard about the Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc’s historical bid that took place on 19 december 2023, in Dubai which shattered the whole cricketing world.
You might think on what basis does teams go this far to buy a single player who costs them in million of dollars and crores? Well, there are many things which plays vital role in the highest bid for player in IPL, such as his reputation in international cricket, his past performance, and the amount of impact he can create in the team with his batting or bowling skills, all these traits contributes to make a player highest expensive player in IPL.
With that said, Let’s see some of the top 10 players who has gone as a most expensive player in IPL history and will also if they delivered the performance accordingly or not.
10 Most Expensive And Highest Bid Player In IPL History
1) Mitchell Starc – 24.75CR INR
The tag of most expensive IPL player goes to Australian lethal fast bowler Mitchell Starc, as he was bought by Kolkata Knight Rider at a massive cost of 24.75 Crore INR during the auction of 17th IPL season on 19 December 2023 in the Dubai. However, it was expected that Mitchell Starc would go at a higher price in the auction because of his comeback, but nobody thought he would create the history.
Is Mitchell Starc Worth Of 24.75 Crore INR?
The moment KKR bought Mitchell Starc for 24.5CR, critics and many fans from all around the world were considering Starc’s IPL bid as overprice. Well, I guess those people haven’t his past IPL performance where he used to clean bowled players like McCullum, and DuPlessis with his deadly unplayable yorkers with the speed of 140 plus KMPH.
The most expensive player of IPL 2024, Mitchell Starc has the ability to provide 2-3 wickets in every IPL game to the KKR captain Shreyas Iyer which might create a huge impact and can improve the performance of KKR’s fast bowling unit. Therefore, We can say that he surely deserves the price of 24.75CR on his IPL comeback.
2) Pat Cummins – 20.50CR INR
Yet another Aussie fast bowler, Pat Cummins conquers the IPL auction by becoming the second most expensive player in IPL history. Sunrisers Hyderabad would be paying 20.50CR INR every season to the Australian Captain Pat Cummins.
The lad is having a dream year of every cricketer, as he recently won WTC, Ashes, World Cup 2023 as a Australian captain, and now being the 2nd most expensive player of IPL history would multiply his happiness.
Will Pat Cummins Lead SRH In IPL 2024?
If you look at the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad then you will find they already has strong lineup of overseas players then why would they bough Pat Cummins in the auction that too for 20.50 Crore INR? Well, it clearly indicates that SRH will replace Aiden Markram to Pat Cummins as their captain for IPL 2024 for his phenomenal achievements in international cricket.
Therefore, It is totally justified to bid for Pat Cummins for massive price if their looking him as their new man who will be leading the SRH franchise. If they does not make him captain, then I think it would be the worst bid of IPL history.
3) Sam Curran – 18.50CR INR
England’s prominent all rounder Sam Curran features on 3rd place in terms of being the most expensive player of IPL history when he was signed by the Preity Zinta’s Punjab Kings for IPL 2023. His explosive batting cameos and effective bowling in opening and slog overs was the reason why Punjab Kings invested 18.50CR INR in his bid.
Like many other players who solds at high price, Sam Curran also underperformed in IPL 2023 season according to the amount of money he got. However, He might played like a mediocre player for Punjab Kings but not to remember his performances when he was playing in the CSK under Ms.Dhoni.
4) Cameron Green – 17.50CR INR
The four time champion team, Mumbai Indians gave the opportunity to the Aussie young all-rounder Cameron Green by looking at his explosive batting during the Australia tour of India in 2022. The 6.6ft tall, Cameron Green was sold to Mumbai Indian in 17.50 Cr INR to play under the captain Rohit Sharma in IPL 2023 season.
Furthermore, Cameron Green did not disappointed the Mumbai Indians and their die hard fans as he performed quite well and even scored a century in a crucial game against RCB. Apart from that, he played multiple batting cameos of 40s and also justified his worth in the bowling with his challenging hard length deliveries.
5) Ben Stokes – 16.25CR INR
The world class elite all-rounder, Ben Stokes ranks on 5th place when it comes to being the most expensive player in IPL history due to his match-winning ability which he carries with himself. Chennai Super Kings did their costliest IPL bid of 16.25CR INR for Ben Stokes to make him the super king in IPL 2023 season.
It was not shocking as most of the people knew that Ben Stokes would surely gets around 15 crore rupees if he comes on auction table. However, The funny thing was Ben Stokes did not got enough matches as in the first half of ipl 2023 he was going through a minor injury and in the 2nd half of the tournament he had to sit outside because till then CSK had already choose their perfect playing 11.
6) Rajasthan Royals – 16.25CR INR
It is not often when we see a player from South Africa going as one of the costliest player in IPL history that too a fast bowler who can also smash pretty huge sixes. Yeah, we are talking about the Highest IPL bid of Rajasthan Royals when they decide to include South African bowling all-rounder Chris Morris in to their squad at the cost of 16.25Cr INR to play 2021 IPL season.
Moreover, the amount of expectation which were revolving around the Chris Morris because of his huge price tag was not able to fulfill in the entire season. Out of 11 IPL games which Morris played in IPL 2021 he only scored 67 runs with the bat and went quite expensive in the bowling in most of the matches. Therefore, it was a drastic failure of both RR and Chris Morris in the season.
7) Nicholas Pooran – 16.00CR INR
The first ever player from the West Indies who went for most expensive IPL player from the start of the Indian Premier League. The power hitter, Nicholas Pooran had poor performances in the past IPL season but still Lucknow Supergiants showed faith in his striking ability and bought him for the huge amount of 16.00 Cr for the 2023 season of IPL.
Possibly the one player in this entire list who delivered the performance according to his massive price tag. Caribbean batter, Pooran not only had a amazing IPL season but he single handedly won the matches for Lucknow Supergiants with his monstrous sixes. In his 14 IPL games he smashed 358 runs with his magical knock of 61 runs in 19 balls against RCB during 2023 IPL.
8) Yuvraj Singh – 16.00CR INR
The irony is the name ‘Indian premier league’ itself doesn’t justifies as the most expensive Indian player in IPL was bought back in 2015, when Yuvraj Singh went under the hammer and sold to Delhi Daredevils for 16CR rupees In 2015 with the hope of Delhi’s first ever IPL trophy might come with his contribution.
Iconic left handed batter, Yuvraj Singh failed to create considerable impact with his presence in the Delhi Daredevils team as he only scored 248 runs in 14 IPL matches in 2015. I personally feel that Yuvraj Singh is quite overrated in IPL as he did not played any big and a knock to remember whereas in Indian team he played a vital role during his international cricket tenure.
9) Pat Cummins – 15.50CR INR
The love story of KKR and the costliest player of IPL is something which might go for a very long period. Yet another time, Pat Cummins makes his name as 9th most expensive player of IPL history when Kolkata Knight Riders decided to utilize his all round skills by paying him 15.50 Cr for the ipl 2020.
Moreover, This expensive bid did not hurt much to KKR as Pat Cummins did the decent job by grabbing 12 wickets with the ball and 146 runs with the bat out of 14 matches in 2020. One match knock was presented by Cummins when he got the chance to bat under number 7 against Mumbai Indian and led the KKR to victory by playing terrific inning of 53 runs in 36 balls.
10) Ishan Kishan – 15.25CR INR
Moving on to our last costliest IPL player who comes from Patna, India, and established himself as Mumbai Indians prominent opener. At first, Ishan Kishan was released by MI and then they went all out for him in the mega auction 2022 with the cost of 15.25CR and welcomed him once again in the Mumbai Indians squad which resulted to feature in the list of top 10 most expensive player in ipl history.
The only reason why MI backed in young Ishan Kishan is because of his consistent performance which he has given for Mumbai Indians and he proved the management when he again made 418 runs in 14 matches. His role in the MI is to give a quick start to the team without caring about his milestone and wicket.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the most expensive player in IPL of all time?
Australian fast bowler, Mitchell Starc became the most expensive player of all time when he was bought by KKR in 19 December, 2022 with the price of 24.75 crore rupees.
Which Indian player went most expensive in IPL auction?
In 2015, Yuvraj Singh became the most expensive Indian player when Delhi Daredevils signed him for the ipl 2015 at cost of 16 crore.
How much money Ben Stokes got in IPL 2023?
England test captain, Ben Stokes was sold to Chennai Super Kings for 16.25 CR INR in IPL 2023. Therefore, he got 16.25 crore rupees along with his title winning amount.
Who will become the SRH captain in IPL 2024?
Probably Pat Cummins has the highest chance of becoming the captain of SRH as he was bought with the price of 20.50CR despite having multiple overseas player in the squad.