The Indian T20 League is the most popular and lucrative Twenty20 cricket league in the world, contested annually by teams representing ten different Indian cities. The Indian T20 League auction is a highly anticipated event where teams bid and purchase the rights to players. Over the years, there have been several players who have commanded high price tags at the Indian T20 League auction. In this blog, we will take a look at the top five most expensive players in the history of the Indian T20 League auction.
The Bangalore franchise has always had quality batters but lacked experienced fast bowlers in their squad. In the 2021 auction, they secured Kiwi pacer, Jamieson, for INR 15 crore & made him the 2nd most expensive overseas player in the history of the league. The gamble paid off for the bold Bangalore team as they finished 3rd in the league standings and qualified for the playoffs.
The aggressive opener from Patna was the star attraction of the 2022 auction. Every team wanted to get their hands on Kishan as he had the experience while being young. The Mumbai franchise managed to re-sign the star they developed in the auction for INR 15.25 crore. Kishan turned out to be the most expensive player in the auction.
In 2020, Australian fast bowler Cummins became the most expensive player in the history of the Indian T20 League auction when Kolkata landed him for INR 15.5 crore. Cummins had a successful debut season in the Indian T20 League, taking 15 wickets in 14 matches.
In 2015, Indian all-rounder Y Singh, popularly known as Yuvi, was purchased by the Delhi franchise for a staggering INR 16 crore. This made him the most expensive player in history of the Indian T20 League auction at the time. Singh had a successful career in the Indian T20 League, representing various teams such as the Punjab, Sunrisers and Mumbai.
In 2021, South African all-rounder Morris became the most expensive player in the history of the Indian T20 League auction. Despite heavy competition, the Rajasthan franchise purchased him for INR 16.25 crore. Morris justified the price tag with his performances but Rajasthan failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2021.
In conclusion, the Indian T20 League auction is a highly competitive event where teams compete to purchase the rights to the best players. These five players have commanded some of the highest price tags in the history of the Indian T20 League auction and their performances on the field have justified their high price tags. As the Indian T20 League continues to grow in popularity and fame, we will likely see even more expensive players in the upcoming auctions.