The IPL is the most-attended cricket league in the world and ranks sixth amongst all sports leagues. It has developed into the most lucrative and most popular outlet for the game of cricket. IPL is the best and highest earning source for cricket players. The expenses of an IPL team is in billions and each of the players in the team earn in millions.
The IPL is the best domestic cricket around the world.This started in 2008 and has been a strong support system to Indian cricket. It has also given strength to the domestic cricket in India. With the increasing popularity of IPL and demand for good players, this game has become more expensive. Player auctions are usually in millions. Let us reconcile the most expensive players from the history of the IPL from 2008 to 2017.
1. Yuvraj Singh
The stylish left-handed batsman from India needs no introduction. Yuvraj became the costliest buy in the history of the IPL when he was bought by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping sum of $2.67 million in the IPL 2015 auction. He is only player who can win match by taking lead. He, till date, holds the record of hitting fastest fifty in a T20I match. Due to these qualities his fans are glued to the TV screens for as long as he’s at the crease.
2. Gautam Ghambir
The Delhi opener came into the limelight in 2011 when he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for a jaw-dropping sum of $ 2.4 million. Gambhir was the captain of KKR in 2011. KKR went on lifting their first IPL trophy in the very next season, 2012 and repeated the success in 2014.
3. Ben Stokes
This 25 year old English cricketer was purchased by Rising Pune Supergiant for a price of 2.16 million Us dollars. This all-rounder’s contributions to the team in this IPL season is price worthy. He took 10 wickets and scored more than 280 runs that includes a century.
4. Yusuf Pathan
The forgotten man of Indian cricket was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders for USD 2.1m (Rs 9.6 crore) in IPL 2011 to boost its middle order. He is a player who can change the course of a game in a flash.The explosive Baroda batsman is considered one of the impactful player in the T20. He was the second expensive buy for KKR in that season after Gautam Gambhir.
5. Robin Uthappa
The Karnataka opening batsman is known for playing aggressive brand of cricket. He was purchased by Pune Warriors India, for a whopping price of $ 2.1 million in 2011. The Bangalore lad was the leading run scorer for his team in that edition, but his heroics were overshadowed by his team’s inability to win matches. He is the only player to score 40+ in ten consecutive IPL matches.
6. Dinesh Karthik
Karthik is an exceptional wicket-keeper and an aggressive batsman anywhere in the top order. The fact that Dinesh Karthik makes it to the list of top buys is surreal in itself. The Tamil Nadu cricketer, who always performed well in the domestic circuit, was by Delhi Daredevils for $2.08 million. In IPL 2015, he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 10.5 crore.
7. Rohit Sharma
The talented Mumbai batsman has always been a star performer in the IPL. He is a great batsman from the Indian team who can win the match on his own shoulders. Mumbai snapped Rohit Sharma for a healthy USD 2m (Rs 9.2 crore) during 2011 auction window, and several brilliant performances have followed since then. Rohit Sharma play wonderful in the team and captained 2 times Mumbai team.
8. Ravindra Jadeja
The left-handed bowling all rounder was purchased by Chennai Super Kings for a sum of $2 million in 2012. Under the guidance of MS Dhoni, Sir Jadeja has grown in stature. His left arm spin and athletic fielding make him one of the most dangerous players around.
9. Irfan Pathan
The fast bowler was purchased by the Delhi Daredevils for $1.9 million in 2011. He is an Indian Team all rounder who can be a team hero. Apart from getting wickets early on, Pathan was capable of hitting big shots which made him a dangerous player.
10. Saurabh Tiwary
This hard-hitting batsman from Ranchi was purchased by Royal Challenger Bangalore in 2011 for an astounding amount of 1.6 million US dollars. However, his performance in that season was not at all satisfactory.
11. Kevin Pietersen
This former England batsman was purchased by Delhi Daredevils for a sum of $1.55 million in 2012 at the time of his career struggle. Pietersen, was also a part of the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise in 2016.
12. Andrew Flintoff
Chennai Super Kings bought this former England player for $1.55 million at the auction in Goa, making him the most expensive player at the time alongside Kevin Pietersen. On 16 September 2010, he announced his retirement from all cricket.