Over the years all the franchises have broken their banks to rope in some of the high-profile players for a particular season of the IPL. While some of them did not pay off, some did turn out to be a masterstroke in IPL history.
The IPL Auction for the 2023 season will take place on December 23 in Kochi. Without further ado, here’s a look at the five highest IPL bids so far.
5. Gautam Gambhir, KKR, IPL 2011 (INR 14.9 Crore)
2011 was arguably the best year for Gautam Gambhir. While he scored a match-winning 97 in the World Cup final against Sri Lanka, he was also bought for a staggering INR 14.9 Crore by KKR at the IPL Auction for 2011 season and was named their captain.
Kolkata reached the playoffs that season, but Gambhir established himself as the most accomplished skipper of KKR leading them to two titles in 2012 and 2014.
4. Kyle Jamieson, RCB, IPL 2021 (INR 15 Crore)
In order to increase their fast bowling depth, RCB decided to hire the services of New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson for a staggering INR 15 Crore at the 2021 auction. He is included in the pool for the mini-auction and has a ability make impact on IPL Live Score in the upcoming edition.
Nonetheless, the move did not yield any results as Jamieson only managed 65 runs from nine matches at a strike rate of 118.18 and took only nine wickets at an economy of 9.6.
3. Pat Cummins, KKR, IPL 2020 (INR 15.5 Crore)
KKR had spent a bomb on acquiring Australian pacer Pat Cummins’ services for IPL 2020 and paid him a phenomenal amount of INR 15.5 Crore.
However, the move did not work out as Cummins finished with 12 wickets from 14 matches and 146 runs as the Kolkata Knight Riders missed out on a playoff berth for a second straight season.
2. Yuvraj Singh, DD (now DC), IPL 2015 (INR 16 Crore)
After being roped in by RCB for INR 14 Crore, Yuvraj Singh was bought by Delhi for a whopping INR 16 Crore for the 2015 season. It was the costliest buy for any player at that time.
Nonetheless, Yuvraj had a forgettable IPL as he could only manage 248 runs in all the 14 matches that he got to play for Delhi averaging less than 20 with a strike rate of 118.09. He could not even make any impact in the wickets column and took just a solitary scalp.
1. Chris Morris, RR, IPL 2021 (INR 16.25 Crore)
The Rajasthan Royals spent a fortune on veteran Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris by signing him for a whopping INR 16.25 Crore for the 2021 edition and he remains the costliest buy ever at an IPL auction to-date.
However, the move did not succeed for the Royals as Morris could only manage 67 runs from 11 matches and took 15 wickets at an economy of 9.17. The inaugural edition’s winners could not get past the league phase.
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