Apart from the nerve-wracking encounters, the IPL is also widely-known for the exorbitant amounts the players receive during the auctions.
MS Dhoni was the most expensive buy of IPL 2008 as Chennai Super Kings paid a hefty sum of ₹9.5 crores to procure his services.
Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff raked in ₹9.8 crores (approx) each at the 2009 IPL auctions. Shane Bond and Kieron Pollard were the most expensive buys of the 2010 IPL auctions and took home handsome sums of ₹4.8 crores each.
The trend of players bagging in excess of ₹10 crores began at the 2011 IPL auctions.
In this article, we take a look at all the players in the history of IPL who have fetched over ₹10 crore rupees in the auction.
#1 Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders for a hefty sum of $2,400,000 during the 2011 IPL Auctions. The value of 1 dollar in rupees back in 2011 was ₹46.67.
If we convert into rupees, then Gambhir received approximately ₹11.2 crores. He remains one of the most successful batsmen in the history of IPL.
The southpaw is IPL's all-time 4th highest run-getter currently and amassed 4217 runs in 154 at an average of 31.23 and strike rate of 123.88. He even led KKR to two IPL titles (in 2012 and 2014). The 37-year-old became the first player in the history of the IPL to be auctioned for an amount in excess of ₹10 crores.
Moving on without mentioning Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa, each of whom received $2,100,000 at the IPL 2011 auctions, would be unfair. If converted to rupees, each of them got approximately ₹9.8 crores. Pathan was sold to the Kolkata Knight Riders while Uthappa became a part of the now defunct Pune Warriors India.
Uthappa is the 5th highest run scorer in the history of IPL with 4086 runs in 165 matches at an average of 28.57 and strike rate of 131.84. Yusuf Pathan also boasts of a successful IPL career wherein he has amassed 3164 runs and clinched 42 wickets.
#2 Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja was bought by Chennai Super Kings for an extravagant sum of $2,000,000 ahead of IPL 2012. $1 was equivalent to ₹53.44 in 2012. If converted into rupees, then Jadeja received approximately ₹10.7 crores.
The left-handed all-rounder has accumulated 1821 runs at an average of 23.64 in 154 matches. He also has 93 wickets to his name with an economy rate of 7.76.
Jadeja has become a vital cog of the CSK line-up. His contribution with the bat was not significant last season and he will be looking to come out all guns blazing in IPL 2019.
#3 Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh remains the undisputed T20 king. The hard-hitting all-rounder was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore for ₹14 crores ahead of IPL 2014. The very next year, he fetched a bid of ₹16 crores from Delhi Daredevils during the 2015 IPL auctions - making him the most expensive player in the history of IPL.
Yuvraj has scored a total of 2652 runs in 128 IPL matches at an average of 24.78 and strike rate of 129.68. Besides this, the Chandigarh-born player has 36 wickets to his name in his IPL career. Kings XI Punjab, Pune Warriors India, and Sunrisers Hyderabad are the other IPL franchises Yuvraj has represented besides Delhi Daredevils and RCB.
The Sixer King will be seen playing for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019.
#4 Dinesh Karthik
Delhi Daredevils paid a massive ₹12.5 crores to bring Dinesh Karthik on board ahead of IPL 2014. The wicketkeeper-batsman has amassed 3401 runs in 168 IPL matches at an average of 26.77 and strike rate of 128.72.
The Tiruchendur-born player earned a fat paycheck of ₹10.5 crores from Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the 2015 edition. It is to be noted that Karthik did not perform well in both the seasons when he was picked for over ₹10 crores.
Karthik garnered only 325 runs in 14 matches in IPL 2014 at an average of 23.21. IPL 2015 was his worst performance in a season as he could only manage 141 runs in 16 matches at an average of 12.81.
The 33-year-old has been retained by KKR ahead of IPL 2019. He had a phenomenal season last time around as well. The talented batsman garnered 498 runs in 16 matches at an average of 49.80 and a phenomenal strike rate of 147.77.
DK will be looking to give a spectacular performance in the upcoming IPL and lead KKR to glory.
#5 Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes was roped in by the Rising Pune Supergiants for a mouthwatering amount of ₹14.5 crores ahead of IPL 2017. The all-rounder had a phenomenal season and was named the Player of the series for making a sizeable 316 runs in 12 matches at an average of 31.60. The English player also clinched 12 wickets in IPL 2017 and proved to be bang for the buck.
RPS was dissolved in May 2017 and Stokes found a new home in Rajasthan Royals. He was purchased by the 2008 IPL Champions for ₹12.5 crores ahead of IPL 2018. However, this time around the 27-year-old was not able to replicate the stellar performance as last time. He only made 196 runs in 13 matches and could manage just 8 scalps.
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#7 Tymal Mills
Another English player who earned a fat paycheck in the IPL is Tymal Mills. It was a true rags-to-riches tale for Mills when he was snapped up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for ₹12.6 crores ahead of IPL 2017.
However, the left-arm speedster could not live up to the hype - as he missed much of it owing to injuries. He missed matches - first due to a hamstring injury and then due to a sore back. Eventually, the Yorkshire-born player could only manage to play 5 matches for RCB in the entire season.
He clinched a total of 5 wickets and had an economy rate of 8.58. The 26-year-old is currently playing for Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League.
#8 Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat fetched ₹11.5 crores at the 2018 IPL Auctions. The speedster was picked up by Rajasthan Royals in a bid to strengthen their bowling attack.
The Saurashtra-born pacer had clinched 24 wickets in 12 matches during IPL 2017 while playing for the Rising Pune Supergiants. His economy rate of 7.02 was also highly impressive.
Jaydev could not replicate a similar performance for Rajasthan in IPL 2018. He picked up just 11 wickets in 15 matches and was also quite expensive with an economy rate of 9.65. Regardless, RR have again shown faith in the fast bowler and picked him up for ₹8.4 crores for IPL 2019.
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#9 KL Rahul
The Karnataka-born player was picked up by the Punjab-based franchise for ₹11 crores ahead of IPL 2018. He ended up as the 3rd highest run-getter of the tournament behind Kane Williamson and Rishabh Pant. The youngster amassed 659 runs in 14 matches at an average of 54.91 and strike rate of 158.41.
Rahul has been retained by Kings XI for IPL 2019 for ₹11 crores. The aggressive opener has been in good form lately. He scored 97 runs in the two T20Is played against Australia recently and also played a couple of brilliant knocks for India A against England Lions.
#10 Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey was roped in by Sunrisers Hyderabad for ₹11 crores ahead of IPL 2018. The Uttarakhand-born player had a disappointing season as he could only make 284 runs in 15 matches at a dismal average of 25.81. The 29-year-old has been retained for the same amount ahead of IPL 2019.
The Right-handed batsman will be looking to make a much more significant contribution to justify his price tag.
No player was picked up for over ₹10 crores at the 2019 IPL auctions. The most expensive players to be sold were Varun Chakravarthy and Jaydev Unadkat - both fetched ₹8.4 crores.