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Most expensive Indian picks in the history of IPL

January 29, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

The Indian Premier League has been the most significant domestic cricket league since its inception in 2008. It evolved to become one of the most important cricket events in a calendar year. The cash-rich league is also one of the most-watched events for the cricket fanatics. Several cricketers have managed to draw fat cheques, while others have found it challenging to raise one bid.

Let us have a look at the most expensive Indian picks in the history of IPL.

1. Yuvraj Singh (16 crores)

The former Indian batsman is still the highest-paid cricketer in the history of IPL auctions. Yuvraj Singh tops the overall list with a whopping amount of Rs 16 crore. Delhi Capitals signed Yuvraj in IPL 2015 auction as the Gary Kirsten-coached side searched for an experienced Indian all-rounder. However, the veteran failed to impact and finished the tournament with just 236 runs in 10 innings.

2. Dinesh Karthik (12.5 crores)

Dinesh Karthik is yet another player to bag a fat paycheque in IPL 2014 auction. Delhi bought Karthik for a considerable sum of Rs 12.5 crore. The wicket-keeper batsman scored 325 runs in the season, and he was released. In the next edition, he was bought by RCB and was once again in the auction pool for IPL 2016.

3. Jaydev Unadkat (11.5 crores)

In 2017, Jaydev Unadkat had a great season with Rising Pune Supergiant, and he then emerged as the costliest Indian pick in 2018 auction. Rajasthan Royals bought the left-arm pacer for Rs 11.5 crore to acquire his services. Unadkat has picked up 25 wickets in the last three seasons.

4. Gautam Gambhir (11.04 crore)

Gautam Gambhir is also one of the highest-paid Indian players in the auction.  Kolkata Knight Riders acquired the services of the opening batsman for Rs 11.04 crore. The veteran Indian batsman enjoyed much success with the franchise and guided the team to two IPL titles (2012 and 2014). Gambhir led KKR in a total of seven IPL seasons.

5. KL Rahul (11 crores)

The young batsman hit the jackpot when Kings XI Punjab bought him for a mega sum of Rs 11 crore. Rahul was expected to be one of the top picks, but no one had expected him to breach the ten crore-mark. The wicket-keeper batsman has successfully breached the 500 run-mark in every season since 2018. He accumulated 659 runs in IPL 2018 and 593 runs in the next season. In 2020 the Karnataka batsman was handed over the captaincy and he also won the Orange Cap in IPL 2020 after scoring 670 runs.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth