The IPL auction is one of the most awaited event related to the cash-rich India Premier League, that is the most successful one across the world.
Each time the auction date is announced, the cricket world goes into a frenzy anticipating which players would become millionaires overnight and who would be the biggest buy that particular season.
Here, on the eve of IPL 2021 auction, we take a look at the players who were the biggest buys in the previous seasons and how they went on to perform.
IPL 1 (2008): MS Dhoni
Team and Price: Chennai Super Kings for Rs 9.5 crore
The recently-annointed India skipper had just won the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup with a young side in South Africa and was the most sought after player in the tournament.
With other teams also selecting their ‘icon’ players, such as Sachin Tendulkar for Mumbai and Sourav Ganguly for Kolkata Knight Riders, Dhoni was perhaps the biggest star who was going under the hammer in the inaugural edition of the tournament.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, Chennai Super Kings went till the finals of the first edition where they lost to Rajasthan Royals in a last-ball thriller.
IPL 2 (2009): Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen
Team and Price: Chennai Super Kings brought Andrew Flintoff, while Royal Challengers Bangalore bid for Kevin Pietersen, approximately Rs 9.8 crore each
This was the first time around that the players who were the biggest buys gave a disappointing performance for their respective sides. While Flintoff was injured and was forced to withdraw after three matches, Pietersen scored only 93 runs in 6 matches.
IPL 3 (2010): Shane Bond and Kieron Pollard
Team and Price: Shane Bond was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders while Kieron Pollard was taken by Mumbai Indians, approximately Rs 4.8 crore each
The New Zealand bowler was one of the best pacers in the world at the time and went on to have a strong impact on his team with 9 wickets in 8 matches. Kieron Pollard had a great season for the Sachin Tendulkar-led side and went on to build a strong relationship with the franchise that still continues.
IPL 4 (2011): Gautam Gambhir
Team and Price: Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 14.9 crore
It was the first time that the Delhi player was playing for a different side after having a good run with the Delhi Daredevils. Kolkata Knight Riders paid a huge price for the star and Gambhir’s successful run with the KKR, where he also earned them two titles in 2012 and 2014 also began. Gambhir eventually went on to score 3035 runs for the franchise in 108 matches.
IPL 5 (2012): Ravindra Jadeja
Team and Price: Chennai Super Kings for Rs 12.8 crore
The India all-rounder was in great form that season and was picked up by the defending champions Chennai Super Kings for a whooping Rs 12.8 crore. Jadeja, however, did not have a good season with the bat as he scored 191 runs at an average of just 16. He also went on to take 12 wickets at an average of 22.
IPL 6 (2013): Glenn Maxwell
Team and Price: Mumbai Indians for approximately Rs 6.3 crore
This was the year when Australia star Glenn Maxwell was the talk of the town for his all-round abilities, and he was picked by the Mumbai Indians for a whooping $1 million. He, however, went on to play just 3 matches and scored only 36 runs. It became the joke of the tournament at the end of the year, although Mumbai Indians went on to win their first IPL title.
IPL 7 (2014): Yuvraj Singh
Team and Price: Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 14 crore
India all-rounder player Yuvraj Singh was the biggest buy in the seventh edition of the IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore splurged a lot of money, but the star had a good season and scored 376 runs in 14 matches and also made three fifties.
IPL 8 (2015): Yuvraj Singh
Team and price: Delhi Daredevils for Rs 16 crore
It was the second-consecutive year where Yuvraj Singh was paid a hefty amount. His earning this year around was even bigger than the last season as Delhi Daredevils brought him for Rs 16 crore. This, however, was not a great year for the star as he only scored 248 runs in 14 matches.
IPL 9 (2016): Shane Watson
Team and price: Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 9.5 crore
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson had been playing for the Rajasthan Royals since 2008 and had done well for the franchise. This time around Royal Challengers Bangalore, who were still looking for their maiden title, wentbig for the star and brought him for Rs 9.5 crore.
IPL 10 (2017): Ben Stokes
Team and price: Rising Pune Supergiant for Rs 14.5 crore
The England all-rounder is known to be an impact player and he showed his importance in key clashes for the Rising Pune Supergiant, who had paid Rs 14.5 crores to get the player. He played a knock to remember when he smashed the Gujarat Lions bowlers around the park and made 103 runs in 63 balls. He eventually went on to score 316 runs in 12 matches.
IPL 11 (2018): Ben Stokes
Team and price: Rajasthan Royals for Rs 12.5 crore
The good run that the England star had in 2017 led him to be the biggest buy the following year as well. Rajasthan Royals paid Rs 12.5 crore for the star, however, Stokes did not have the impact that was expected by the Jaipur-based franchise as he scored 196 runs in 13 matches and took 8 wickets.
IPL 12 (2019): Jaydev Unadkat and Varun Chakravarthy
Team and price: Rajasthan Royals brought Jaydev Unadkat while Kings XI Punjab picked up Varun Chakravarthy for Rs 8.4 crores each
The amount both the franchises paid for these two India players took the social media by surprise. However, none of them could justify the hefty price and gave a poor performance on the field.
IPL 13 (2020): Pat Cummins
Team and Price: Kolkata Knight Riders for 15.50 crore
Australia all-rounder Pat Cummins was the No. 1 bowler in Tests and had been giving his team consistent good performances in the limited-overs format as well and that made Kolkata Knight Riders pay a whooping sum of Rs 15.50 crore for the star.