Updated: 4 January 2022

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is cricket’s most important commercial event. Everyone engaged in the production and running receives large sums of money. The players, not the house, make off with the bulk of the capital. Every year, the owners or club executives bidding battle for the players they believe will bring them the most success can be seen in the auction room. This has happened several times for different players. The six most expensive players in IPL history & their performance are listed below:

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1. Chris Morris ( Rajasthan Royals – 16.25 crores INR in 2021

The Rajasthan Royals made history by breaking Yuvraj Singh’s six-year-long record as the most expensive player in the history of the Indian Premier League. RR expected a lot from him if they were willing to pay such a high price. However, Morris did not deliver anywhere close to that price in 2021.

2. Yuvraj Singh (Delhi Daredevils – 16 Crores INR in 2015

Second, only to Ben Stokes, Yuvraj Singh has twice been ranked among the top 10 list of the most expensive players in IPL history. He was never a long-term member of any squad, and a high-profile player like him would always command a high price at auction.

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3. Pat Cummins ( Kolkata Knight Riders – 15.5 Crores INR in 2020 )

Pat Cummins entered the auction pool as the world’s best fast bowler at that moment. The Kolkata Knight Riders wanted to add a high-profile player to their roster. Having Pat Cummins on the squad gave them much legitimacy. Unfortunately, Cummins was unable to justify its hefty price tag.

4. Kyle Jamieson ( Royal Challengers Bangalore – 15 Crores INR in 2021 )

In international cricket, Jamieson soon climbed to prominence with the New Zealand team, and it was clear that he would fetch a high price when the time came to sell. The squad he eventually joined was the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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5. Glenn Maxwell (Royal Challengers Bangalore – 14.25 Crores INR in 2011 )

RCB sought a player capable of guiding a talented squad and providing direction. Maxwell did well in VIVO IPL 2021 for his team. 

6. Ben Stokes ( Rising Pune Supergiants – 14.5 crores INR in 2017 )

When Rising Pune Supergiant had a disappointing season in 2016, they were hunting for a player who might lead them to a successful one. That year, they purchased Ben Stokes and made it to the finals. Stokes returned from a shoulder injury in a pivotal encounter against Gujarat Lions when his team had been reduced to 42/4 in chase of 162, and he stole the show.

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Stokes struck an unbeaten 103 off 85 balls to help RPS snap the Gujarat Lions’ winless streak in the Indian Premier League. When it comes to winning four games in a row, Stokes has been the driving force behind Rising Pune Supergiants.