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IPL 2018 auction: Most expensive Indian buys from 2008 till 2017 auction

The Indian Premier League auction has seen the likes of Yuvraj Singh rake up astronomical sums of money while several unknown players like Abhishek Nayar, Pawan Negi and Karn Sharma have also shown. Here is a list of the most expensive Indian buys in the auction.

cricket Updated: Jan 25, 2018 12:36 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Yuvraj Singh is the most expensive buy in the history of the IPL, having been brought for Rs 16 crore by Delhi Daredevils in the 2015 auction. (BCCI)

The Indian Premier League auction is an exciting time for Indian cricketers, both veterans and unknown. Inexperienced players get a chance to shine on the bigger stage while established cricketers get plenty of money to display their skill and talent with the franchises. In 2008, it was the mega auction with majority of the players getting drafted into the eight franchises. Some franchises have come up and some have disappeared but in 2018, it is time yet again for the mega-auction. From Yuvraj Singh’s consecutive record buys to the likes of Pawan Negi outshining him, here is a list of the most expensive Indian buys in every season of the auction.


Player: MS Dhoni

Team: Chennai Super Kings

Price: Rs 9.5 crore*

Performance: MS Dhoni was expected to break the bank in the 2008 auction following his ICC World T20 success in 2007. He became the most expensive player in the auction when he was picked by Chennai Super Kings. Since then, he has been an integral part of the team, leading the team to two IPL titles and Champions League trophies.


Player: Mohammad Kaif

Team: Kings XI Punjab

Price: Rs 1.5 crore*

Performance: Mohammad Kaif had last played for India in 2006. In Twenty20, he had a torrid time with Royal Challengers Bangalore. Thus, it was a surprise when he became the most expensive Indian buy in the auction. However, he could not contribute much and he played his last IPL in the 2012 edition when he played for RCB again.

Gautam Gambhir’s massive acquisition changed Kolkata Knight Riders’ fortunes in the IPL since 2011. (BCCI)


Player: Gautam Gambhir

Team: Kolkata Knight Riders

Price: Rs 14.9 crore*

Performance: Kolkata Knight Riders were the laggards of the IPL, but in 2011, all changed. Gautam Gambhir became the first Indian to go past the 10 crore mark in the auction. Gambhir’s acquisition changed KKR’s fortunes and he led them to two titles in 2012 and 2014. With the bat, he has scored over 3000 runs at an average of 31.6.


Player: Ravindra Jadeja

Team: Chennai Super Kings

Price: Rs 12.8 crore*

Performance: From being labeled the ‘Rockstar’ by Shane Warne during Rajasthan Royals days, Jadeja’s acquisition by Chennai Super Kings only enhanced his credentials. In his first season with CSK, he picked up a five-wicket haul and was one of the consistent performers for the side until 2015. After a stint with Gujarat Lions, Jadeja is all set to shine for CSK again.


Player: Abhishek Nayar

Team: Sahara Pune Warriors

Price: Rs 4.8 crore*

Performance: Abhishek Nayar was touted as a great talent in Indian cricket. Starting out with Rajasthan Royals and playing for the Mumbai Indians, Nayar was the most expensive Indian buy in the 2013 auction for Sahara Pune Warriors but he flopped miserable, managing just 66 runs in 11 games. He played for Kings XI Punjab in 2014 but has since faded away from the scene.


Player: Yuvraj Singh

Team: Royal Challengers Bangalore

Price: Rs 14 crore

Performance: India’s ultimate match-winner had a decent run for Kings XI Punjab. In 2011, after winning the World Cup, he was picked by Sahara Pune Warriors but in 2012, he missed the tournament as he was recovering from cancer. In 2014, Yuvraj became the most expensive buy in IPL history for RCB and he did not disappoint, scoring over 300 runs at an average of close to 35 and a strike-rate of 135.


Player: Yuvraj Singh

Team: Delhi Daredevils

Price: Rs 16 crore

Performance: Despite a good show for RCB, he was let go by the franchise and Delhi Daredevils only increased his value with another record buy. However, he failed to achieve consistency and he was brought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016. The left-hander played a vital cameo in the final against RCB as the David Warner-led side clinched their maiden title.

MS Dhoni was the most expensive buy in the 2008 IPL Auction when Chennai Super Kings purchased him for a then record sum. (HT Photo)


Player: Pawan Negi

Team: Delhi Daredevils

Price: Rs 8.5 crore

Performance: Pawan Negi had a decent run with Chennai Super Kings in 2014-15, helping them win the Champions League T20 title in 2014. However, the left-arm orthodox spinner created a buzz when he was taken for a record sum by Delhi Daredevils. He flopped in 2016, taking just one wicket in eight games but returned stronger in 2017 with 16 wickets in 12 games.


Player: Karn Sharma

Team: Mumbai Indians

Price: Rs 3.2 crore

Performance: Karn Sharma started his journey with Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009. However, when he became part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad in 2013, he formed a good combination with Amit Mishra. In 46 games, he picked up 36 wickets but in 2017, he was snapped up by Mumbai Indians. He responded well, taking 13 wickets in nine games including a haul of 4/16.

*No Indian player entered the 2009 auction pool

* Conversions made according to current rate: 1 USD = Rs 63.67

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 11:49 IST