December 04 2018
In the first-ever IPL auction ahead of season 1, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was signed by Chennai Super Kings for a whopping 1.5 million US Dollars. In the following season, the English pair of Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff were signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore and CSK respectively for 1.55 million US Dollars.
The record was matched and broken several times in the following seasons and the IPL also changed the unit of money from USD to INR. In 2014, RCB claimed the record by paying Rs 14 crores for the signature of Yuvraj Singh while the very next season, Delhi Daredevils shelled out Rs 16 crores to sign Yuvi and claim the record.
With the auctions for the 12th season of the IPL coming up, let’s look at the top 7 players who have fetched the maximum moolah in the last 11 auctions:
No surprises that RCB chose to shell out that kind of money to retain their superstar. The India captain is the world’s best batsman across formats and while he has not helped RCB win the IPL yet, retaining him is the first step towards doing so next season.
DD were really gambling when they chose to pay that amount for the southpaw. It didn’t really pay off as he is not the same brute force he once was. Maybe if this had happened a few seasons ago, the move would’ve paid rich dividends.
Mumbai Indians have won the IPL a record 3 times and it has a lot to do with the captaincy and contributions of Rohit Sharma. Little wonder then that they chose to retain their maverick.
When CSK was suspended due to match fixing allegations, their captain moved to Rising Pune Supergiants. He retained his famed match winning abilities as he took them within 1 run of winning the trophy so when CSK were brought back, they brought their superstar back for that whopping amount.
The rookie wicketkeeper-batsman hits sixes for fun and is touted to be in the same mould as Virender Sehwag. So no wonder Delhi Daredevils snapped him up for that huge sum. It hasn’t paid dividends yet but keeping him is a smart way of upping your chances in season 12.
The Englishman is a value addition to any team as he knows how to pace his innings even in the T20 format. He is particular useful in tricky situations and can bat his team out of pressure. Which means the huge amount paid by IPL finalists Pune was justified.
The only player to feature twice on this list, the left-handed big hitter was signed up by RCB in 2014 so he could team up with the likes of Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers. You would expect 200+ scores in every match with that kind of batting line up but unfortunately it never panned out and RCB did not really justify that selection.