IPL Auction 2023: Top three expensive buys

As expected, teams went all in for all-rounders and as a result, the players were fortunate to receive huge finances.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) mini auctions 2023 went in full swing and saw teams battle out for numerous players to get their services for the upcoming season.

As expected, teams went all in for all-rounders and as a result, the players were fortunate to receive huge finances. Below is the list of players who were highest paid in the IPL mini Auction 2023:

  1. Sam Curran: Punjab Kings (PBKS)

England all-rounder Sam Curran becomes the most expensive player in the history of IPL auctions. Punjab Kings bought him for INR 18.25 crore. It is to be noted that Curran was named player of the match for his 3-12 in England’s ICC T20 Men’s World Cup 2022 victory over Pakistan. Curran was also the player of the tournament. The all-rounder did well for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the previous seasons of IPL.

Sam Curran broke Chris Morris’ record (INR 16.25 crore) to become the most expensive buy at an IPL auction when Punjab Kings (PBKS) outbid five other teams to sign him.

An intense bidding followed for Curran with Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Rajasthan Royals (RR), CSK, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and PBKS raising their paddles frenetically to secure the services of T20 World Cup player-of-the tournament.

2. Cameron Green: Mumbai Indians (MI)

Australia all-rounder Cameron Green was sold to Mumbai Indians for INR 17.50 crore at the IPL auction. He was the second-highest earner.

The bidding for the Australian player started at Rs 2 crore between RCB and MI. The price shot past INR 7 crore in no time. Delhi Capitals (DC) also entered the race as the sum moved past INR 10 crores. Capitals and Indians fought for the player even past the 15-crore mark but Mumbai Indians persisted with Green as his price moved past multiple record prices and got the player.

Green debuted for Australia in T20Is in April 2022. In eight matches, Green has a strike of 173.75 and has scored two 50+ scores. Both fifties came against India in November – 61 off 30 balls and 52 off 21 deliveries.

With the ball, Green has picked up five wickets in seven innings. He has an average of 35.60 and an economy of 8.90.

The all-rounder was added to Australia’s T20 World Cup squad after Josh Inglis sustained an injury.

3. Ben Stokes: Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

England Test skipper Ben Stokes was the third-highest gainer, fetching INR 16.25 crore from CSK who pipped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in another intense bidding war.

CSK, who lost out on bringing Curran back to Chennai, entered late for the England Test captain and outlasted even Lucknow Super Giants’ attempts to sign him. Stokes will be reunited with MS Dhoni in Chennai, having teamed up with the former India captain at the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2016-17 seasons.

The Englishman bettered his 2017 auction bid of INR 14.50 crores by the now-defunct franchise Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS).

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