IPL highest price player: ‘Sam Curran’ The costliest player in IPL history

Published on: Feb 22, 2023 9:39 pm IST|Updated on: Feb 22, 2023 9:39 pm IST

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IPL highest price player: Sam Curran has made history by becoming the most expensive player in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction. The England all-rounder was signed by Punjab Kings for INR 18.50 crore (approximately USD 2.25 million), breaking the previous record held by Chris Morris, who was bought for INR 16.25 crore. Curran was also reunited with the team that first brought him into the IPL with an INR 7.2-crore bid in 2019.

Curran’s high price is not surprising, considering his impressive performances in recent tournaments. He was named Player of the Final and the Tournament at the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia, and has taken 25 wickets in 14 T20s since September, with an economy rate of 7.08. He has also improved his batting, especially against spin, with an average of 27.07 and a strike rate of 154.69 in 31 T20 innings since 2020.

IPL highest price player

Mumbai Indians were also interested in Curran, bidding up to INR 18.25 crore in an attempt to sign him alongside fellow England player Jofra Archer, their other big-ticket signing from the previous auction. However, they were outbid by Punjab, who had a larger purse to spend. Mumbai then went on to secure Cameron Green for INR 17.50 crore, making him the second most expensive player in IPL auction history.

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Green’s rise to fame has been rapid, with his T20 stocks soaring in the past six months. Initially not part of Australia’s T20 World Cup squad, he was a last-minute inclusion after Josh Inglis picked up an injury while playing golf. Green impressed at the IPL auction with his ability to bat anywhere in the order and bowl at a lively pace. His performances in the T20I series in India this year, where he made 118 runs at a strike rate of 214.54, further increased his value to IPL teams.

Ben Stokes was purchased by CSK

Ben Stokes was also a highly sought-after player at the auction, becoming Chennai Super Kings’ costliest signing at INR 16.25 crore, which also made him the joint-third most expensive player ever at an auction. Stokes will be reunited with MS Dhoni, his former captain at Rising Pune Supergiants.

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals also bid for Stokes, but they were limited by their budgets. Chennai Super Kings spent nearly 80% of their budget on Stokes alone, but they see him as a valuable investment and a potential captaincy candidate as they begin to plan for Dhoni’s eventual departure.

IPL highest price player Sam Curran’s high price is a testament to his skills as an all-rounder, and his ability to perform under pressure. He has shown time and time again that he can make crucial contributions with both bat and ball, and his versatility makes him an asset to any team. Punjab Kings will be hoping that he can continue his impressive form in the upcoming IPL season and help them achieve their goal of winning the tournament.

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Overall, the IPL auction was a showcase of the talent and potential of T20 players from around the world. With the high prices paid for Curran, Green, and Stokes, it is clear that IPL teams are willing to invest in players who can make a significant impact on the field. As the IPL continues to grow in popularity, we can expect to see more talented players from around the world making their mark on the tournament, and commanding high prices at the auction.

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