The Indian Premier League has produced some incredible and memorable moments over the years. And the biggest event of the IPL season is the auction prior to that. The IPL auction for the 2023 season took place in Kochi on Friday, and a total of 405 teams got shortlisted to go under the hammer. All ten IPL franchises were given a chance to pick some of the biggest stars for their team.
However, the so-called mini-auction is not mini at all. The number suggests that the 2023 auction has already produced some millionaires. And a few players have broken the record for the most expensive player in IPL history. Earlier, Chris Morris became the most expensive player in the IPL when he signed with the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2021 for a price of INR 16.25 crore. But a few players have broken his record in the 2023 auction.
5. Harry Brook (England) – INR 13.25 Crore to Sunrisers Hyderabad
English players are always in demand in the Indian Premier League. Especially the new generation, because they are the T20 generation of England, which is playing in T20 mode even in test matches. Harry Brook is also such a name. Brook ended up being “Man of the Series” against Pakistan in the recently concluded three tests. He smashed three centuries in three game over 100 stirke in test. That is why a few IPL franchises were interested in him. In the end, Sunrisers Hyderabad won the bidding war and signed him for INR 13.25 crore.
4. Nicholas Pooran (West Indies) – INR 16 Crore to Lucknow Super Giants
There was a time when West Indian players ruled the IPL. The likes of Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard, and Dwayne Bravo are some of the IPL’s legends. And now it is Nicholas Pooran who is taking that legacy forward. Pooran was signed by SRH for INR 10 crore for the IPL 2022 season but was later released. Not many expected him to get more than his previous value. But the Lucknow Super Giants signed him for a whopping price of INR 16 crore in the 2023 auction.
3. Ben Stokes (England) – INR 16.25 Crore to Chennai Super Kings
Ben Stokes was the reason England won the final of 2022 T20 WC and 2019 ODI WC. It was his inning at the biggest stage on both occasions that brought England home. That is why he is rated very highly in world cricket. That is what the IPL franchises are also aware of. Stokes became the second-costliest player in the auction in 2023, fetching INR 16.25 crore. Chennai Super Kings, the four-time champions, purchased him.
2. Cameron Green (Australia) – INR 17.5 Crore to Mumbai Indians
Cameron Green made his debut for Australia in test format. However, he later showed the world that he was equally good in the white-ball format as well. Green was always a good bowler, but he showed his hitting ability when Australia visited India for three T20Is ahead of the T20 World Cup. Thus, he was one of the hot prospects ahead of the auction. And he has done justice to the expectations. Green became the second costliest player not in the 2023 auction but also overall player. MI paid INR 17.5 crore to acquire him.
1. Sam Curran (England) – INR 18.5 Crore to Punjab Kings
Sam Curran breaks all record in the IPL 2023. There is only one name that will be written as the most expensive player in the game of cricket, and that is English all-rounder Sam Curran. He was not part of the IPL 2022 and made himself available for the IPL 2023. Thus, he fetched the highest IPL bid ever. Punjab Kings acquired him for a unthinkable price of INR 18.5 crore. CSK was also keen to pick him, but it was PBKS that signed him.
List of Most Expensive Player in IPL Auction 2023
|Sam Curran (ENG)||18.5 Crore||Punjab Kings|
|Cameron Green (AUS)||17.5 Crore||Mumbai Indians|
|Ben Stokes (ENG)||16.25 Crore||Chennai Super Kings|
|Nicholas Pooran (WI)||16 Crore||Lucknow Super Giants|
|Harry Brook (ENG)||13.25 Crore||Sunrisers Hyderabad|
|Mayank Agarwal (IND)||8.25 crore||Sunrisers Hyderabad|
|Shivam Mavi (IND)||6 crore||Gujarat Titans|
|Jason Holder (WI)||5.75 crore||Rajasthan Royals|
|Mukesh Kumar||5.5 crore||Delhi Capitals|
|Heinrich Klaasen (SA)||5.25 crore||Sunrisers Hyderabad|
|Rilee Rossouw (SA)||4.6 crore||Delhi Capitals|
|Will Jacks (ENG)||3.2 crore||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Vivrant Sharma (India)||2.6 Crore||SRH|
|Manish Pandey (IND)||2.4 crore||Delhi Capitals|