IPL Auction 2018: Most expensive international buys from each season

Updated on Jan 25, 2018 10:01 AM IST

The Indian Premier League auction has thrown up some interesting expensive buys right from 2008 till 2017. Ahead of the 2018 mega-auction, here are the list of most expensive international buys.

Ben Stokes of Rising Pune Supergiant is the most expensive buy in the Indian Premier League when he was brought for Rs 14.5 crore by Rising Pune Supergiant.(BCCI)
Ben Stokes of Rising Pune Supergiant is the most expensive buy in the Indian Premier League when he was brought for Rs 14.5 crore by Rising Pune Supergiant.(BCCI)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

The Indian Premier League auction has seen several international players becoming part of the million-dollar club. From 2008 till 2017, there have been several surprises but some buys that have resulted in franchises breaking the bank to acquire the services of the player. Here is a list of the most expensive international buys from each and every season.


Name: Andrew Symonds

Team: Deccan Chargers

Price: Rs 8.5 crore (approx)

Performance: The Australian all-rounder is remembered for scoring the third century of IPL. Symonds played a key role in Deccan Chargers’ title march in the 2009 edition in South Africa, averaging over 35 and taking seven wickets. Symonds made the move to Mumbai Indians, where he had modest returns till 2011, which was his last stint.


Name: Andrew Flintoff

Team: Chennai Super Kings

Price: Rs 9.8 crore (approx)

Performance: After great performances in the 2009 Ashes, great things were expected in the IPL from England’s talismanic all-rounder and he went for a record sum along with Kevin Pietersen. However, poor form and a knee injury ended his campaign after three matches. After his return to England, Flintoff labeled the tournament as a “waste of time.”


Name: Shane Bond, Kieron Pollard

Team: Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians

Price: Rs 4.8 crore (approx)

Performance: After playing in the Indian Cricket League (ICL), Bond played in the IPL for KKR, playing eight games for KKR. He is currently the coach of the Mumbai Indians. Kieron Pollard has been a vital member of MI since 2009. Ever since 2013, Pollard has averaged over 30 and scored quick fifties at the death.


Name: Mahela Jayawardene

Team: Kochi Tuskers Kerala

Price: Rs 9.5 crore (approx)

Performance: After moderate returns in the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Mahela Jayawardene came into his own in the 2010 season when he smashed 439 runs and a ton for Kings XI Punjab. Jayawardene was picked for a record sum for Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011. Jayawardene had a moderate season, managing 299 runs in 13 games at an average of 23 as the team struggled.


Name: Mahela Jayawardene

Team: Delhi Daredevils

Price: Rs 8.9 crore (approx)

Performance: In 2012, following the termination of Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Mahela Jayawardene was snapped up for a record sum yet again and was appointed captain of the Delhi Daredevils. He had an amazing season, helping the team top the league stage. However, the team failed to put up a good show in the knock-outs and was eliminated by Chennai Super Kings.


Name: Glenn Maxwell

Team: Mumbai Indians

Price: Rs 6.3 crore (approx)

Performance: The Australian batsman was an unknown proposition in cricket, but the million dollar auction changed Maxwell’s life. He played three games for Mumbai Indians and failed. However, he attained his peak in 2014 as he blasted 552 runs at a strike rate of 187.75, including three scores in the 90s to help Kings XI Punjab enter their maiden final.


Name: Kevin Pietersen

Team: Delhi Daredevils

Price: Rs 9 crore

Performance: After a couple of average seasons for Royal Challengers Bangalore, the England all-rounder moved to Delhi Daredevils in 2012 and responded with a blazing 103* against Deccan Chargers. After not featuring in the 2013 edition, Pietersen could not replicate those feats and in his last season in 2016, the dashing batsman was a shadow of his former self.


Name: Angelo Mathews

Team: Delhi Daredevils

Price: Rs 7.5 crore

Performance: The Sri Lankan all-rounder has been part of Kolkata Knight Riders, Pune Warriors and the Delhi Daredevils in his eight-year journey. His most productive stint was with KKR in 2010 when he averaged over 33 and picked up eight wickets. In 2015, he was picked up by Delhi Daredevils but failed miserably, managing an average of 20 and not doing much with the ball.


Name: Shane Watson

Team: Royal Challengers Bangalore

Price: Rs 9.5 crore

Performance: The Australian all-rounder was the key factor behind Rajasthan Royals’ title march in 2008. His 472 runs at an average of 47.2 made him a household name. Overall, he consistently notched up good numbers for the Royals, scoring 2372 runs at 34 and picking 61 wickets. After the suspension of Rajasthan Royals in 2016, he was part of Royal Challengers Bangalore.


Name: Ben Stokes

Team: Rising Pune Supergiant

Price: Rs 14.5 crore

Performance: Ben Stokes, England’s dashing all-rounder, made a massive mark in the 2017 auction by becoming the highest bid foreign player in the history of the tournament. The left-hander responded with a century and ended the tournament with an average of over 30. With the ball, he chipped in at vital moments. However, with the brawl incident, it remains to be seen whether he is picked.

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

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