Most Expensive players of IPL 2018: IPL 2018 also known as IPL 11 is the eleventh season of Indian Premier League, A Twenty 20 form of professional cricket which had been established by BCCI in 2007. The season has primarily been scheduled from 7th of April to 27th of May.
The season speciality is that it ensures a promising engrossment for the spectators since it witnesses the comeback of two important teams, Chennai Super King and Rajasthan Royals which had earlier been suspended for the previous two seasons, on account of having found guilty of betting charges. With their promising return, it can only be imagined what effect it is going to have on the league’s viewership.
Integral players such as Mahendra Singh Dhoni back in his Yellow Jersey of Chennai Super King or Ajinkya Rahane back in his Blue Jersey representing Rajasthan Royals have only led to realisation of the dreams of their fan followings in the player Auction that took place on 27th and 28th of January. The effect of heavy marketing and sponsorship outpouring an enormous wealth has made BCCI the richest organisation in the cricketing world which thus saw a similar heavy and expensive auction for the players.
About Indian Premier League 2018 Auction
Most Expensive players of IPL 2018: It has happened for the first time that there have been 578 players up for the Auction and within two days a galloping number of 169 players have been bought by the teams.
Here given below is the list of most expensive players: (Both, Bought newly and retained)
Biggest Buys of IPL 2018
Ben Stokes: The English Cricketer is the most expensive buy of this year with a whopping amount of INR 12 Crores. He has been bought by the team Rajasthan Royals which has been anticipating a promising comeback. Well, it didn’t come to us as astonishment as even in the 10th season of IPL last year, he had been the most expensive buy with an enormous amount of INR 14.5 Crores by the team, Rising Pune Supergiants.
Jaydev Unadkat: Jaydev Unadkat shines above the rest by grabbing a huge amount of INR 11.5 Crores in IPL 2018. He will be playing for the team mentioned above, Rajasthan Royals. It seems like Rajasthan Royals is looking for a groundbreaking return. The fast bowler emerged to be the shows topper on the Day 2 and was busy in practice of Vijay Hazare Trophy then. He himself quotes that he wasn’t expecting BCCI to splurge such a massive amount on Fast Bowlers. Previous year in IPL 2017, he played from Rising Pune Supergiants.
K L Rahul
K L Rahul: K L Rahul turned out to be the first player to have been bid in a Two digit amount on the Day 1 of IPL Auction. He will be getting an amount of INR 11 Crores and will be playing for Kings XI Punjab. The Karnataka star says he is excited at the prospect of representing the teams but knows he will have more responsibility on him this time as 2017 was an year marred by injuries for him.
Manish Pandey: Manish Pandey has been bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2018 for a huge amount of INR 11 Crore. His auction witnessed as many as five IPL teams competing to get the middle order batsman on Day 1. He has been playing for Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in previous seasons.
Chris Lynn: The Australian star opener bagged an amount of INR 9.6 Crore and becomes the most expensive Australian player to be sold in IPL 2018. Although, there had been rumours earlier that he required surgery he confirmed further that he would not need any.
Biggest Retainers of IPL 2018
Virat Kohli– Indian Skipper being one of the best batsmen in the world right now bagged an amount of INR 17 Crores by Royal Challengers Bangalore to be retained in the team. The retention amount is 2 crores higher than the amount set by BCCI for auction.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni: With his comeback in the Yellow jersey, the revolutionary Indian Captain has grabbed an amount of 15 Crores for playing for Chennai Super Kings.
MS Dhoni has played 159 matches in the IPL so far, and has scored 3,560 runs at a stunning average of 37.87 and a strike rate of 136.71.
Rohit Sharma: Rohit Sharma, who is considered the most successful captain of Mumbai Indians has been back chained in the team with an amount of INR 15 Crores, same as Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Steve Smith– Retained by the comeback setup, Steve Smith has been auctioned for a huge amount of INR 12 Crore, although, an amount of INR 12.5 Crores will be deducted from team’s pucker.
David Warner– The left- handed Australian has also been auctioned for an amount of INR 12 Crore as his national counterpart Steve Smith and has been retained by the Orange Army, Sunrisers Hyderabad.
After the overview of the most expensive buys and retains of IPL, 2018, let us look at some integral issues:
- IPL has been guilty since ever of splurging massive amount on cricketers who have not performed well but what indeed was shocking was the KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir was let gone off, after he has steered the team a numerous times into victories.
Most Expensive players of IPL 2018: Dinesh Karthik, who is the appointed captain of KKR in the season has been paid an amount of INR 7.6 Crores and has to say that, “Virat is the captain who leads from the front and leads by his action. He is somebody who leads with performance and that is something I will try and emulate.”
- Another interesting issue is the amount deducted from a team’s wallet to retain a player is not actually the salary given to the player.