The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most popular tournaments in the world.
Like European football leagues, the IPL franchises have been paying double or triple the market value to acquire the services of players in the auctions. In this article, we will look at the expensive players from the last five IPL seasons and how they fare for their respective franchises in that season.
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How Did Expensive Buys in the Last Five IPL Seasons Fare?
In the last five seasons of IPL, a mix of overseas and domestic players has become the most expensive purchases. Some of the highest-paid players have disappointed fans and bettors alike in IPL betting, while a few had decent campaigns.
Here are the most expensive auction buys in the last five IPL seasons:
Sam Curran – IPL 2023 Auction
England all-rounder Sam Curran became the most expensive cricketer in IPL history when he was bought for a whopping ₹18.50 crore by Punjab Kings in the IPL 2023 auction. However, he had an ordinary IPL 2023. Curran played in all 14 matches, amassing 276 runs. With the ball, he grabbed ten wickets with best figures of 3/31 against Lucknow Super Giants. It is a relief for the Englishman that his IPL campaign didn't bomb, unlike some of his predecessors.
Ishan Kishan – IPL 2022 Auction
In the IPL 2022 auction, wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan became the most expensive player at the auction, with a price tag of ₹15.25 crore, which was paid to him by the Mumbai Indians. So, how did he fare? Ishan was his franchise's top run-scorer with 418 runs at an average of 32. He scored three fifties, which included an 81 against Delhi Capitals at Wankhede. However, Mumbai Indians failed to reach the playoffs after finishing bottom of the points table.
Chris Morris – IPL 2021 Auction
Chris Morris set the auction tables on fire in the 2021 season. Rajasthan Royals snapped Morris for ₹16.25 crore. The Proteas all-rounder had a decent IPL 14. He took 15 wickets in 11 outings, finishing the season as the Royals' highest wicket-taker. Against Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai, Morris grabbed four wickets for 23 runs. However, he didn't make much impact with the bat, scoring just 67 runs in seven innings.
Pat Cummins – IPL 2020 Auction
Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins grabbed the headlines in the IPL 2020 auction. Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for ₹15.5 crore. He played in all 14 matches for the franchise in the 2020 season. The pacer struggled for consistency and had to settle for just 12 wickets in the season. But Cummins made some impact with the bat as he scored a half-century in the tournament.
Jaydev Unadkat & Varun Chakravarthy – IPL 2019 Auction
In the 2019 auctions, Jaydev Unadkat and Varun Chakravarthy were the most expensive players. Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab) shelled out ₹8.4 crore for Unadkat and Chakravarthy, respectively. The left-arm pacer played 11 games in which he accounted for ten wickets. Rajasthan Royals failed to reach the playoffs. On the other hand, Chakravarthy's season was marred by a finger injury. He only featured in KKR's second game of the 2019 edition and was sidelined for the rest of the campaign.
IPL 2020 and 2023's most expensive players, Cummins and Curran, struggled, while Ishan and Morris did a decent job despite their franchises failing to pick up points consistently. What is clear is that there are no guarantees that the most expensive players will be the best performers in the season.