Here are the top 10 most expensive players in IPL auction history from 2008 to 2022. The IPL holds auctions from time to time to bring in new players. Chris Morris has surpassed Yuvraj Singh as the most expensive purchase in the 2021 IPL auction. The Indian Premier League is one of the most popular and lucrative leagues in the world. It has produced a slew of talented Indian cricketers who have gone on to make their mark in international matches. It also has top-tier international players who have gained experience playing alongside and against some of the world’s best players.
The IPL 2022 has grown to 10 teams this year, and it will hold a Mega Auction in which all of the teams will be able to establish a team from the ground up. The mega auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place on February 12-13, and tons of players have already registered to compete in the upcoming tournament (IPL 2022). Several players were purchased for a high price in the Auctions or Drafts. Check out the IPL auction highlights and 10 most expensive players list from 2008 to 2022 here.
List of top 10 most expensive players in the history of IPL auctions from 2008-2022
|IPL Expensive Players Rankings||Player Name||IPL Team/Franchise||IPL Auction Price (INR)|
|1||KL Rahul||Lucknow Super Giants||₹ 17 Crores|
|2||Virat Kohli||Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||₹ 17 Crores|
|3||Chris Morris||Rajasthan Royals (RR)||₹ 16.25 Crores|
|4||Rohit Sharma||Mumbai Indians (MI)||₹ 16 Crores|
|5||Rishabh Pant||Delhi Capitals (DC)||₹ 16 Crores|
|6||Ravindra Jadeja||Chennai Super Kings (CSK)||₹ 16 Crores|
|7||Yuvraj Singh||Delhi Capitals (DC)||₹ 16 Crores|
|8||Pat Cummins||Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||₹ 15.50 Crores|
|9||Hardik Pandya||Ahmedabad||₹ 15 Crores|
|10||Rashid Khan||Ahmedabad||₹ 15 Crores|
Who is the most expensive player in IPL history from IPL 2008 season 1 to IPL 2022 season 15.
1. KL Rahul – ₹17 Crores (IPL 2022)
Lucknow, one of the 2022 IPL’s two most recent teams, has confirmed its draught picks for the IPL 2022 season ahead of the mega auction. The Punjab Kings management is not known for sticking with a player and grooming him for the future, and their star player & skipper decided to leave the franchise for the umpteenth time. KL Rahul, India’s current limited-overs vice-captain, has decided to go back to the auction table and start over in a new team. KL Rahul was signed by the Lucknow Super Giants franchise for a record fee of INR 17 crores, equaling the record held by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) former captain Virat Kohli.
The 29-year-old KL Rahul Karnataka batter was in excellent form last season (IPL 2021) and will be hoping to continue for his new team. Lucknow Super Giants along with KL Rahul, Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has signed for INR 9.2 crores, and uncapped Indian leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi has signed for INR 4 crores.
KL Rahul was among the top five run-scorers in every IPL season he spent with the Punjab Kings. In his IPL career, he has a prolific record. He has 3273 runs scored at a mind-boggling strike rate of 136.37. In addition to his batting abilities, he is an excellent wicketkeeper. Furthermore, he is the franchise’s captain and would like to establish a new legacy for the team.
2. Virat Kohli – ₹17 Crores from 2018 to 2021 (RCB)
Virat Kohli, the former Indian national team and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, is regarded as the king of batting in the sport of cricket. His consistent contributions to the Indian cricket team’s victory earned him the title of ‘King.’ He is the highest run-scorer in the history of the Indian Premier League and has been the batting order’s backbone in both India and RCB.
He was retained by RCB ahead of the 2018 Mega Auctions for a hefty sum of 17 crores. This made him the highest-paid player in IPL history. His contributions to the Royal Challengers Bangalore have been significant, particularly his record-breaking 973-run season in 2016. His stats speak volumes about his abilities. He has five centuries in his IPL career.
He has led RCB for over eight years but he stepped down as an RCB captain without winning the trophy under his captaincy. Nonetheless, his contributions have been instrumental in the growth of Indian cricket, and his match-winning abilities are unrivaled. As a result, it is understandable that RCB paid a large sum to keep him because of his brand value. So far in the IPL, the former RCB captain has earned more than Rs 143 crore in salary. And this year, he will receive a cheque for Rs 15 crore, bringing his total earnings to Rs 150 crores+ salary.
3. Chris Morris – ₹16.25 Crores in 2021 (RR)
Chris Morris, a South African all-rounder, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Chris Morris was signed by RCB in 2020 for a fee of 10 crores after spending a significant amount of time with Delhi Capitals. Morris became the most expensive player in IPL auction history in 2021 when the Rajasthan Royals paid INR 16.25 crore for him.
This made him the most expensive overseas player in IPL auction history, breaking Yuvraj Singh’s record. He was a prodigy because of his multidimensional abilities to be excellent with both the bat and the ball. He was always in the spotlight of franchises he played for because of his ability to bat and bowl in any situation in the game.
Morris was able to bowl at the death and hit some runs with the bat at the end. His stats reveal a lot about his abilities. He was an excellent commodity to have, with an impressive economy of 8.00 and a staggering batting strike rate of 155.27.
4. Rohit Sharma – ₹16 Crores in 2022 (MI)
The current Indian national team limited-overs captain, Rohit Sharma, is one of the most expensive players this year after KL Rahul. The Mumbai Indians have signed Rohit Sharma for a whopping 16 crore INR. Along with MS Dhoni, he is one of the best and most successful IPL captains in history. His captaincy career has been highlighted by his success in bringing five IPL trophies to the Mumbai Indians franchise. As a result, Mumbai Indians will stick with him in the future, hoping for many more IPL trophies under his captaincy.
More than winning IPL titles, Rohit Sharma established a culture that transformed many young Indian talents into international brute forces such as Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan. His role in laying the groundwork for Indian talents and providing them with consistent opportunities set him apart from other captains. His tactically sound captaincy is widely praised in the cricket community.
In terms of batting, he has been an excellent batter up the order. His consistent bat contributions laid the groundwork for the team to capitalize. With 5611 runs, he is the league’s third-leading scorer. Because of his multifaceted abilities, such a player is a valuable asset to have.
5. Rishabh Pant – ₹16 Crores in 2022 (DC)
Rishabh Pant, one of the best young Indian national team wicketkeeper-batsman, made his IPL debut against Gujarat Lions in 2016, and he also became the youngest IPL captain when he was named to the Delhi Capitals in 2021. The current Delhi Capitals skipper has become one of the most expensive players in 2022. To keep Rishabh Pant, the Delhi Capitals franchise paid a premium of Rs 16 crores.
His captaincy was fairly effective last year when he led the Delhi Capitals to the playoffs. With his brilliant style of gameplay, he has been instrumental in Delhi’s redemption. Delhi Capitals has qualified for the playoffs 3 times in a row but they couldn’t lift the IPL trophy. As a result of his multifaceted abilities, he is a valuable asset to the franchise.
Rishabh Pant has consistently been a standout performer for the Delhi franchise in the IPL. He has 2498 runs and a strike rate of 147.46. He also has wicketkeeping abilities, making him a versatile player.
6. Ravindra Jadeja – ₹16 Crores in 2022 (CSK)
Ravindra Jadeja, the Chennai Super Kings’ left-handed all-rounder, is now the franchise’s most expensive player, even ahead of captain MS Dhoni. Ravindra Jadeja is regarded as the franchise’s future captain, and as such, he was chosen as the franchise’s first player to be retained.
MS Dhoni, the current CSK captain, has been credited with assisting him in his development as an all-rounder in limited-overs cricket. His performance in the IPL 2021 was outstanding, as he scored 227 runs at an average of 75.44. CSK decided to keep him for 16 crores despite his strike rate of 145.51. His best IPL 2021 performance came against RCB’s Harshal Patel when he scored 37 runs in a single over. His finishing abilities have grown in prominence, and a player of his level of talent will be difficult to replace. As a result, Jadeja became one of the highest-paid players in the history of the IPL.
Ravindra Jadeja has played 151 IPL innings and scored a total of 2386 runs at a batting average of 27.11 in his 200 IPL matches. In addition, he has the best bowling performance in his IPL career, having taken 127 wickets in 171 IPL innings at a bowling Econ rate of 7.61.
7. Yuvraj Singh – ₹16 Crores in 2015 (DC)
Yuvraj was the captain of Kings XI Punjab for the first two seasons; in 2008 and 2009, he took two hat-tricks in the IPL; and in 2011, he was hired as the team’s captain by Pune Warriors. Yuvraj Singh was purchased by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for 14 crores in 2014. The Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) paid a hefty price of 16 crores for him, which was the highest auction bid at the time.
Yuvraj Singh did not have a great career in the Indian Premier League. That year, he was not a success for the Delhi franchise. He scored 248 runs and took just one wicket as a bowler in the tournament, scoring just 2 half-centuries. As a result, he was released in subsequent auctions. He was a part of many franchises before retiring in 2019. Among the teams he represented were the Punjab Kings, Pune Warriors India, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Mumbai Indians.
Yuvraj Singh has scored 2750 runs in his 132 IPL matches, with a batting average of 24.77 and a strike rate of 129.71, 13 fifties, and his highest score of 83 runs. Yuvraj has also taken 36 wickets at a strike rate of 29.92 and an economy rate of 7.44.
8. Pat Cummins – ₹15.5 Crores in 2020 (KKR)
Pat Cummins, is the best bowler in the Australian team right now. Under his captaincy, Australia won the 2021-22 Ashes test series against Joe Root’s England. Pat Cummins’s outstanding performance for the Australian side earned him an IPL contract with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2020. A bidding war for the fast bowler erupted between Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
He put in respectable performances during both of his years with KKR. His numbers in terms of limited-overs are quite respectable. His ERA is 8.23, and he’s a capable batter at the bottom of the order. He had an incredible strike rate of 166.07 in 2021, indicating his ability to bat well at the end. After being released by KKR ahead of the Mega Auctions, he’ll be one of the bowlers to watch in 2022. His ability to bowl in all areas of the game would make him an asset to any IPL franchise.
9. Hardik Pandya – ₹15 Crores in 2022 (Ahmedabad)
Hardik Pandya was released by the Mumbai Indians in 6 years of service. The Indian team all-rounder has been plagued by injuries, resulting in underwhelming performances. His IPL stats are impressive, with 1476 runs in 91 games and a strike rate of 153.91. His bowling has been strong as well, with an economy rate of 9.06.
The Ahmedabad franchise owned by CVC Capital named Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya as their inaugural season captain. The Ahmedabad franchise selected Hardik in the draught for a whopping 15 crore. His primary goal would be to redeem himself after a string of poor performances.
10. Rashid Khan – ₹15 Crores in 2022 (Ahmedabad)
Afghanistan’s best leg-spinner has been one of the best T20 players in the world. With a vast amount of experience from all leagues around the world, he has been the most dangerous spinner in terms of quality. Sunrisers Hyderabad purchased him for 4 crores in February 2017 for the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL). Sunrisers Hyderabad announced that they would not be retaining star spinner Rashid Khan for the IPL 2022 season, which surprised fans.
Rashid Khan has a successful IPL career. In 76 matches, he has 93 wickets at a remarkable economy rate of 6.33. He’s also been crucial with his big hits down the order. His strike rate of 137 perfectly exemplifies this. He has already taken over 400 T20 wickets and is on the verge of breaking many records. Ahmedabad made the right decision in signing him even if it came at a high cost.
However, Rashid Khan was offered a salary of 11 crore INR by the Lucknow IPL team in 2022. Ahmedabad, on the other hand, has decided to pay both Hardik and Rashid the same amount – INR 15 crore.
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