IPL Auction 2021 table is one place where anything can happen. Normal reasoning and recent performance never seem to attract the franchise owners that much. What matters there is the skillset of a player and the balance that they bring to the team. This means that people who possesses rare skillset often ends up with more salary purse than rest of the players due to less availability and more demand for such skillset. Over the past 13-year history of the IPL, this trend had continued and has seen many such people with rare skillsets fetching huge sums of money in the IPL 2021 auction. Here is the list of top 5 costliest buys in the history of the IPL auction.
Rajasthan Royals once again broke the bank, as they went all out for South African all-rounder Chris Morris. They spent a whopping 16.25 Cr on him, thereby making him the most expensive player to be bough at the IPL auction table. He surpassed the record set by Delhi Daredevils in 2015, when they purchased Yuvraj Singh for 16 Cr. He was part of the Royal Challengers set up in 2020, when he was bought for 10 Cr.
Before today, the tag of most expensive auction buy rested with legendary Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh. He was bought for 16 Cr in 2015 by the Delhi Daredevils. Despite such hefty price tag, he didn’t manage to prove his worth that season. He had a very poor season with just 248 runs from 14 matches. He was released by the franchise in the immediate next season.
World’s number one Test bowler Pat Cummins was the most expensive player of IPL 2020 auction. An increased demand and less availability of quality pacers in the pool saw Kolkata Knight Riders spending a whopping 15 Cr for Cummins. Like any other expensive buy, he too failed to justify his hefty price tag.
One of the most interesting and expensive buy of IPL 2021 auction was that of New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson. This 6’8 tall kiwi caught everyone’s attention through the recently concluded Test series. His ability to generate quick bounce and his expertise in finishing the games with the bat saw him going for an unbelievable 15 Cr. Royal Challengers Bangalore is the team that has secured his services.
The world’s best all-rounder Ben Stokes was the highest paid overseas player before KKR went all out for Cummins last year. The then newly formed team Rising Pune Super Giants bought him for 14.5 Cr in 2017. His addition worked wonders for them as they managed to make it to the finals of the IPL in that year.
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