IPL AUCTION | MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYER OF ALL SEASON
SEASON 1 | YEAR 2008 | PLAYER: MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI | TEAM: CHENNAI SUPER KINGS | USD 1.5 MILLION
The first ever IPL Auctions took place in Mumbai. And the players were selected in a total of 8 rounds. The First T20 World Cup winning Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was bid for 1.5 million USD and was bought by Chennai Super Kings. IPL AUCTION | MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYER OF ALL SEASON starts with Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the season 1.
After winning the first T20 World Cup in 2007 for India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the hottest player in the IPL bidding market. True to his name, fame, and price Mahendra Singh Dhoni proved his mettle. He led the team with confidence into the Finals. But, unfortunately, Chennai Super Kings lost the game by a narrow margin to spirited Rajasthan Royals led by Shane Warne. What a thriller game it was the final one. Chennai Super Kings finished third in the League series. Dhoni scored 414 runs in 16 matches in 14 innings with an average of 41.40 and a strike rate of 133.54. MSD hit 38 fours and 15 sixes in total.
SEASON 2 | YEAR 2009 |
PLAYER 1: ANDREW FLINTOFF | TEAM: CHENNAI SUPER KINGS | USD 1.55 MILLION
PLAYER 2: KEVIN PIETERSEN | TEAM: ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE | USD 1.55 MILLION
The year 2009 in IPL Auction belongs to the two English players namely Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen. Chennai Super Kings finished second in the league series whereas Royal Challengers Bangalore finished third in the league series.
Andrew Flintoff’s team Chennai Super Kings reached Semi-Finals where they lost to the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Andrew Flintoff scored 62 runs in 3 innings with an average of 31.00 and at a strike rate of 116.98. He took 2 wickets in 3 innings.
Kevin Pietersen’s team Royal Challengers Bangalore did reach the Finals. But Adam Gilchrist’s Deccan Chargers won the Final game played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Kevin Pietersen scored 93 runs with an average of 15.50 and at a strike rate of 109.41 in a total of 6 matches.
SEASON 3 | YEAR 2010 |
PLAYER 1: SHANE BOND | TEAM: KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS | USD 0.75 MILLION
PLAYER 2: KIERON POLLARD | TEAM: MUMBAI INDIANS | USD 0.75 MILLION
The fearsome fast bowler Shane Bond from New Zealand and an impressive all-rounder Kieron Pollard from West Indies. It was like getting the best from corners of the world into the IPL teams. Most of the players were retained in their respective teams as it was the final year of the three-year contract between team and players.
Shane Bond’s team Kolkata Knight Rider didn’t fare well in the tournament. The team won 7 and lost 7 matches. Shane Bond took 9 wickets in 8 matches.
Kieron Pollard’s team Mumbai Indians reached the Finals. It was Chennai Super Kings who lifted the 2010 IPL title Trophy. Kieron Pollard scored 273 runs in 14 matches with an average of 22.75. He scored 17 sixes. And had the best strike rate in the tournament of 185.71.
SEASON 4 | YEAR 2011 | PLAYER: GAUTAM GAMBHIR | TEAM: KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS | USD 2.4 MILLION
In 2011, India won the 50 over World Cup Title. The man who played crucial innings in the World Cup Final against Sri Lanka was Gautam Gambhir. He batted responsibly and sensibly when already Sehwag, Sachin, and Kohli were back in the pavilion. But he fell short of his 100. Nonetheless, he played his part well and Dhoni and Yuvraj finished the game to win the World Cup. Dhoni was retained by the Chennai Super Kings. And Gambhir was the second top choice of the selectors.
Gautam Gambhir scored 378 runs with an average of 34.36 at a strike rate of 119.24. He hit 44 fours and 3 sixes in total 15 innings. Kolkata Knight Riders finished fourth in the league series. They got eliminated Semi-Finals. Chennai Super Kings won the 2011 IPL title.
SEASON 5 | YEAR: 2012 | PLAYER: RAVINDRA JADEJA | TEAM: CHENNAI SUPER KINGS | USD 2 MILLION
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was selected by Chennai Super Kings after a tiebreaker with Deccan Chargers. With 2 IPL Trophies in the bag, Chennai Super Kings grew stronger. This year too CSK reached the Finals and even posted a mammoth target of 191. But this time Gautam Gambhir led Kolkata Knight Rider won the 2012 IPL Trophy with an explosive run chase completing the target in 19 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja took 12 wickets in 19 innings. The only player in the tournament who took a 5 wicket haul was his most impressive performance. He scored 191 runs at an average of 15.92 at a strike rate of 126.49. He hit a total of 13 fours and 9 sixes in 14 innings.
SEASON 6 | YEAR 2013 | PLAYER: GLENN MAXWELL| TEAM: MUMBAI INDIANS | USD 1 MILLION
Hard Hitter Glenn Maxwell from Australia became the most sought player of the IPL 2013 season 6 of the league. Mumbai Indians bought him. When the likes of Chris Gayle, ABD Villiers were hitting the ball all around, Mumbai Indians needed someone of the same caliber for the team to win.
With the presence of hard hitters, bowling specialist the Mumbai Indians team was undoubtedly the best one. And so the team reached FINALS and won it handsomely from the consistent Chennai Super Kings led by none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Glenn Maxwell in 3 innings scored 36 runs hitting 4 sixes.
SEASON 7 | YEAR 2014 | PLAYER: YUVRAJ SINGH| TEAM: ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE | INR 14 CRORES
The only man to hit 6 sixes in a World T20 Match was Yuvraj Singh. He was also a part of the World Cup 2011 winning team batting not out in the final game against Sri Lanka. Also the fact that he was now a cancer survivor and returned to the game as fit and strong as he was before the operation made him the favorites in the selector group of people. He was bid and sold for INR 14 crores highest at that point in time by the Vijay Mallya owned Royal Challengers Bangalore Team.
Yuvraj Singh scored 376 runs in 14 innings at an average of 34.18 at a strike rate of 135.25. He hit a total of 22 fours and 28 sixes in the tournament. He managed to take 5 wickets in 14 innings with a 4 wicket haul too. Royal Challengers Bangalore couldn’t reach the finals. It was Kolkata Knight Riders again who won the IPL title defeating Kings XI Punjab.
IPL AUCTION | MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYER OF ALL SEASON
SEASON 8 | YEAR 2015 | PLAYER: YUVRAJ SINGH| TEAM: DELHI DAREDEVILS | INR 16 CRORES
With the continuing good luck and goodwill, Yuvraj Singh got the highest ever bidding and sold to Delhi Daredevils. IPL Auction | Most Expensive Player of all Season Yuvraj Singh from Chandigarh was now a part of IPL Title Trophy deficient team Delhi Daredevils.
Yuvraj Singh scored 248 runs at an average of 19.08 at a strike rate of 108.10. He hit 23 fours and 10 sixes in a total of 13 innings. Delhi Daredevils couldn’t advance to the qualifier stage. It was Mumbai Indians who won the IPL Trophy by defeating Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs.
SEASON 9 | YEAR 2016 |
PLAYER 1: MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI| TEAM: RISING PUNE SUPERGIANTS | INR 12.5 CRORES
PLAYER 2: SHANE WATSON| TEAM: ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE | INR 9.5 CRORES
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals got banned In the Year 2016’s IPL. Furthermore, the teams were split and players moved to two new teams. Therefore, one was Rising Pune Super Giants and the other was Gujarat Lions. Also in the last year World Cup (50 over format) Australia had won the cup and so were their players a hot property in the IPL auction. So Shane Watson became the highest bid player who was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 9.5 crores to bring in good fortune for the team. Rising Pune Super Giants bought Dhoni.
Shane Watson took 20 wickets in 16 matches. He was the third highest wicket taker of the tournament. At batting, he scored 179 runs in 15 innings. He hit 14 fours and 12 sixes in the tournament. Royal Challengers Bangalore reached the Finals. And got almost away with the winning trophy but, unfortunately, Sunrisers Hyderabad won the game by 8 runs in a high scoring game. MSD led Rising Pune Supergiants couldn’t advance to the Qualifier stage. They managed to win 5 games. MSD scored 284 runs in 12 innings at an average of 40.57.
SEASON 10 | YEAR: 2017 | PLAYER: BEN STOKES| TEAM: RISING PUNE SUPERGIANTS | INR 14.5 CRORES
An aggressive all-rounder Ben Stokes from England team made it to the top list of IPL bidding sold to Rising Pune Supergiants. After the team’s poor performance at the last edition of the game, the selectors were on a look out for an all-rounder and Ben Stokes was the best they could get at an even high price of 14.5 INR crores.
Rising Pune Supergiant did rise and defeated the Mumbai Indians in the first Qualifier stage. They were in the Finals. And the last game was nail-biting thriller game. Rising Pune Supergiant lost the final game with just 1 run to comeback Mumbai Indians. It was that close. So close yet so far. Ben Stokes scored 316 runs in 11 innings. He hit 22 fours and 15 sixes in the tournament.
SEASON 11 | YEAR: 2018 | PLAYER: BEN STOKES| TEAM: RAJASTHAN ROYALS | INR 12.5 CRORES
The teams Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings are back in action. An all-rounder Ben Stokes, an in-demand star player from England was bid the highest for a foreign player.
IPL AUCTION | MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYER OF ALL SEASON is Yuvraj Singh from India and Ben Stokes from England.