10 Most Expensive Players in IPL History

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has given so many iconic moments in its history of 17 years. However, as we witness so many thrilling encounters in an IPL season, the same level of enthusiasm and excitement can be seen in IPL auctions every year. In every IPL auction, there are players who get their names as one of the most expensive players in the history of IPL auctions. 

There are some players who have broken multiple records while coming into IPL auctions. In the following listicle , we will discuss the top 10 most expensive players in IPL history.

10 Most Expensive Players in IPL 

10. Ishan Kishan – ₹15.25 Cr in IPL 2022

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Young wicket-keeper batter from India, Ishan Kishan is among the most expensive players from the country to be sold in an IPL auction. The left-hander was picked by Mumbai Indians (MI) for ₹15.25 Crore ahead of IPL 2022. 

9. Pat Cummins – ₹15.50 Cr in IPL 2020

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This is not the last time Pat Cummins is making his appearance in the list of most expensive players in IPL. The star fast bowler and the Australian skipper joined Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2020 after the franchise acquired his services for ₹15.50 Crore in the auction. 

8. Yuvraj Singh – ₹16.00 Cr in IPL 2015

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The most expensive Indian player in the league, former cricketer Yuvraj Singh, also remained the most expensive player in IPL for more than five years. The star Indian all-rounder was picked by Delhi Daredevils (now known as Delhi Capitals) for a whopping ₹16 Crore ahead of IPL 2015.

7. Nicholas Pooran – ₹16.00 Cr in IPL 2023

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The seventh place in the list of most expensive players in IPL history belongs to star batter from West Indies, Nicholas Pooran. The left-hander wicket-keeper batter was sold to Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) for ₹16 Crore in the IPL 2023 auction. 

6. Chris Morris – ₹16.25 Cr in IPL 2021

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Former South African all-rounder Chris Morris, who was known for changing the course of the match with his skills from both bat and ball, turned out to be the most expensive player in IPL 2021 auction. The inaugural IPL champions Rajasthan Royals (RR) acquired the services of the Proteas star for ₹16.25 Crore in that season .


5. Ben Stokes – ₹16.25 Cr in IPL 2023

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Star English all-rounder Ben Stokes, who played a monumental role in England’s maiden ODI World Cup triumph in 2019 and T20 World Cup triumph in 2022, was one of the top buys in the IPL 2023 auction. The left-hander was sold to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for ₹16.25 Crore in that season. However, it didn’t turn out to be great deal for CSK as Stokes played only two games that season and missed the rest of the tournament due to an injury.

4. Cameron Green – ₹17.50 Cr in IPL 2023

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After an impressive start to his international T20 career for Australia in 2022, Cameron Green turned out to be one of the most expensive buys when he appeared in the IPL 2023 auction. The young star batter was sold to the five-time champions Mumbai Indians ahead of the 16th edition of the tournament.

3. Sam Curran – ₹18.50 Cr in IPL 2023

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After getting Player of the Tournament in England’s successful T20 World Cup campaign in 2022, Sam Curran was one of the players to look out for during the IPL 2023. As expected, he turned out to be most expensive player in that season as Punjab Kings (PBKS) acquired his services for ₹18.50 Crore. 

2. Pat Cummins – ₹20.50 Cr in IPL 2024

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The first player to get sold for over ₹20 Crores in an IPL auction, Australia’s 2023 World Cup winning captain Pat Cummins is the second most expensive player in IPL history. The star fast bowler was picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for a whopping ₹20.50 Crore after an intense bidding war against Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in the IPL 2024 auction. Cummins was also appointed as the captain of the franchise and led SRH to their third IPL final in 2024.

1. Mitchell Starc – ₹24.75 Cr in IPL 2024

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The most expensive player in IPL history, star Australian pacer Mitchell Starc tops the list. After a successful ODI World Cup campaign for Australia in 2023, Starc was one of the big names in the IPL 2024 auction as he was appearing in the auction for the first time since 2018. And beyond every expectation, the left-arm pacer turned out to be most expensive player in IPL history surpassing his country-man Pat Cummins in the same season, after Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) acquired his services for a whopping ₹24.75 Crore in the auction. However, Starc didn’t had a great outing in the league but delivered match-winning spell in Qualifier 1 and the final and helped KKR to win their third IPL title after 10 years.

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