List of the most expensive players in IPL (season-wise) 

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The Indian Premier League is one of the most popular cricket leagues organized by the wealthiest cricket board in the world, and the auction has been as tempting as it has been in previous seasons. We have brought a complete list of the most expensive players in IPL.

The mega auction for the Tata IPL 2022 was a success, a total of 204 players were sold for more than 550 crores, including both overseas and native players. It was a completely exciting show, with bidders at the peak bidding for their favorite players. The auction was more spiced up with the inclusion of two new teams, the Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans.

List of Most expensive players in IPL – 2008-2022

Year Season Player’s Name Team Price in INR
2008 1 MS Dhoni Chennai Super Kings 9.5 cr
2009 2 Kevin Pietersen & Andrew Flintoff Royal Challengers Bangalore & Chennai Super Kings 9.8 cr
2010 3 Shane Bond, Kieron Pollard Kolkata Knight Riders & Mumbai Indians 4.8 cr
2011 4 Gautam Gambhir Kolkata Knight Riders 14.9 cr
2012 5 Ravindra Jadeja Chennai Super Kings 12.8 cr
2013 6 Glenn Maxwell Mumbai Indians 6.3 cr
2014 7 Yuvraj Singh Royal Challengers Bangalore 14 cr
2015 8 Yuvraj Singh Delhi Dare Devils 16 cr
2016 9 Shane Watson Royal Challengers Bangalore 9.5 cr
2017 10 Ben Stokes Rising Pune Supergiants 14.5 cr
2018 11 Ben Stokes Rajasthan Royals 12.5 cr
2019 12 Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Chakravarthy Rajasthan Royals & Kolkata Knight Riders 8.4 cr
2020 13 Pat Cummins Kolkata Knight Riders 15.5 cr
2021 14 Chris Morris Rajasthan Royals 15.5 cr
2022 15 Ishan Kishan Mumbai Indians 15.25 cr

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MS Dhoni (9.5 cr) – 2008

Captain cool MS Dhoni was one of the most expensive players in IPL 2008 season, and he was the player that every bidder looked up to because of his T20 leadership brilliance and his ability to shift the momentum of the game at the last moment.

Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff (9.8cr) –2009

English players Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff were the two most expensive players in IPL 2009 season. Royal Challengers Bangalore bought Kevin Pietersen, while Chennai Super Kings bought Andrew Flintoff. Royal Challengers Bangalore paid Rs 9.8 crores for Kevin Pietersen, while CSK offered Rs 9.8 crores for Andrew Flintoff. Unfortunately, Flintoff had to withdraw from the IPL due to injuries, and he only played 3 games during that season.

Shane Bond & Kieron Pollard (4.8 cr) – 2010

The Kiwis pace King Shane Bond was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for 4.8 crores while the long-term commitment of Kieron Pollard with Mumbai Indians made them bid for him again for the same amount. Both the players were the most expensive players of IPL 2010.

Gautam Gambhir (14.9 cr) – 2011

Gautam Gambhir became the first player in IPL to break the 10 crore barrier. He was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for 14.9 crores. Because he played a vital role in India’s World Cup victory. Gambhir was a brilliant addition to the Kolkata Knight Riders team, as he brilliantly contributed with his bat and also helped the team to win the two IPL titles.

Ravindra Jadeja (12.8) – 2012

Chennai Super Kings saw the potential in young Ravindra Jadeja and recognized the importance he provides to the squad as an all-rounder. From then onwards the franchise has made him an important member of the squad, in the 2012 IPL auction he was one of the most expensive players. CSK paid him Rs 12.8 crores.

Glenn Maxwell (6.3 cr) – 2013

The Mumbai Indians bought the Australian star all-rounder in a mini-auction of 2013 for Rs 6.3 crores, however, he only stayed for one season with the squad. Glenn Maxwell’s stay with the Mumbai Indians was for a short time later he was bought by Punjab Kings.

Yuvraj Singh (14 cr) – 2014

Royal Challengers Bangalore came close to breaking Gautam Gambhir’s highest-bid record. In the IPL auction, the franchise paid Rs 14 crores for the left-handed all-rounder. However, he only played one season for them, as he didn’t perform well in the season.

Yuvraj Singh (2015) – 2015

Despite having a bad IPL season the previous year, Delhi Daredevils set a new record by signing Yuvraj Singh for Rs 16 crores. Despite Yuvi’s disappointing performances in 2014, the Delhi Daredevils ripped off their wallet for him because of some strange calculations. After the 2015 season, the price at which Yuvraj Singh was sold set a new record for 6 years.

Shane Watson (9.5 cr) – 2016

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 9.5 crores. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to perform well for the team that season, and he was eventually bought by Chennai Super Kings in the very next season, where he outperformed his previous performance with RCB. He was one of the most expensive players in IPL 2016.

Ben Stokes (14.5) – 2017

English all-rounder Ben Stokes was bought by the Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 14.5 crores, he was the highest bade player in the 2017 season. The English all-rounder was in form in 2017 and performed impressively for his IPL team. However, Ben Stokes only stayed with the Rising Pune Supergiants squad for one season.

Ben Stokes (2018) – 2018

After Rising Pune Supergiants in 2018, the English all-rounder was bought by joined the Rajasthan Royals. Ben Stokes was bought for Rs 12.5 crores, making him one of the most expensive players in the IPL.

Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Chakravarthy (8.4cr) – 2019

Jaydev Unadkat and Varun Chakravarthy became the most expensive players in the 2019 IPL season both the players were bought for Rs 8.4 crore. Rajasthan Royals purchased Unadkat while Varun Chakravarthy was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders.

Pat Cummins (15.5) – 2020

In the 2020 IPL auction, Kolkata Knight Riders bought the Australian pace bowler for the highest bid of that season i.e. Rs 15.5 crores. Pat Cummins performed up to the mark for the Knight Riders that season and made himself worthy of the amount that they had to spend for him.

Chris Morris (16.25) – 2021

The South-African all-rounder Chris Morris became one of the most expensive players in IPL history. Rajasthan Royals bought him for Rs 16.25 crores. This was the season when Yuvraj Singh’s record bid was broken by an overseas player.

Ishan Kishan (2022) – 2022

Ishan Kishan, the young Indian batter takes the position of the most expensive players in IPL 2022. Mumbai Indians bought him for Rs 15.25 crores. Unfortunately, he is not performing well this season.


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