The Indian Premier League has its bells and whistles, and very few sports competitions around the world can boast of it. When it’s summertime, the IPL lights up the houses in India and worldwide with some sensational cricket and box-office entertainment on and off the field.
While on the field, it’s the raining sixes and sensational catches. Off the field, it’s the glitz and the glamour of people attached to it and the most critical and perhaps fun aspect — the player auction.
Every year there’s an auction, and after every three years, there’s a big auction. Money flies, fortunes change, and that particular day is waited for by players and fans. This year was no different. This year it was time for a mini-auction, and only 298 players went under the hammer, out of which 57 were selected.
So, we take a look at the most expensive buys from the list.
South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris was the most expensive player to be sold this season for a whopping INR 16.25 crore and was bought by his former team Rajasthan Royals (RR).
Mumbai Indians started the bidding at his base price of INR 75 lakh, and later, it was joined by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Punjab Kings (PK) before RR finally got their man.
New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson was the second-most expensive player to be bought this season after he fetched INR 15 crore fee from RCB.
RCB started the bidding at INR 75 lakh and battled it out with Delhi Capitals (DC) before PK upped the bids until the winning bid of INR 15 crore from the Bangalore franchise.
The Australian all-rounder always goes for big bucks, and this time was no different. He was also bought by RCB for a considerable amount of INR 14.25 crore after an intense bidding war.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) started the bidding at INR 2 crore before RR joined the party and was later joined in by RCB and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The two teams battled it out until RCB had their man.
The Aussie speedster, who will be playing his first IPL season, was bagged by PK after a bidding war between themselves and RCB for INR 14 crore.
However, the bidding for Jhye at INR 1.5 crore was started by DC and then followed by RCB, before the former backed out at INR 11.25, thus, giving the two above a free run until RCB decided to back out.
The Karnataka all-rounder once again bagged big bucks thanks to franchises going all-out for all-rounders. CSK, after a heavy battle, bought him for INR 9.25 crore.
KKR started the bidding at INR 20 lakh and was challenged by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) before KKR backed out at INR 7.25 crore, and CSK joined in won it.
Riley Meredith was another pacer who earned big from the auction. The Hobart Hurricanes man was wanted by DC and PK and was finally bought by PK for a considerable amount of INR 8 crore. DC had started the bidding at INR 40 lakh but was provided intense competition by eventual owners PK.
The England all-rounder was another wanted man in the auction and eventually ended up at CSK like most all-rounders for INR 7 Crore.
Much like Meredith, only two teams in the form of PK and CSK were in for him, with PK opening the bidding at INR 2 crore but eventually losing to CSK.
PK bought the big-hitting finisher for a fee rising to INR 5.25 crore from INR 20 lakh after intense competition from RCB and DC, the first bidder. PK joined the bidding much later at INR 2.4 crore and won it.
Tom Curran went to DC after a bidding war with SRH, which started with the Delhi franchise bidding at his base price of INR 1.5 crore and finally getting the English all-rounder for at a hiked price INR 5.25 crore.
MI bought the Australian all-rounder who can also hit a long ball for INR 5 crore after a two-way battle with DC, which started at his base price of INR 1.5 crore.
It is not time to wait and see if the players can justify their teams’ heavy price tags to snatch them up.