Sam Curran breaks all record; becomes most costliest player in IPL auction; Ben Stokes, Cameron Green also bag big Money
The mini-auction for the 2023 season of the Indian Premier League is underway in Kochi, and it has given a lot of surprises to the IPL fans. This auction is a mini one, but the numbers are just staggering.
Notably, before today, the costliest player in the auction was Chris Morris, who was sold to the Rajasthan Royals for INR 16.25 crore in 2021. However, four players received salaries of 16 crore or more in the IPL 2023 auction, marking the first time in IPL auction history that so many players received salaries of 16 crore or more.
However, the costliest player who broke all the records was the English star all-rounder Sam Curran. He was sold for a whopping price of INR 18.25 Crore to Punjab Kings. Notably, Curran made his IPL debut for PBKS itself, and he will be back with the same franchise.
Apart from him, Australia all-rounder Cameron Green was another player which created a bidding war between a few franchises. Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals were keen to pick him. Eventually, it was the five-time champions, MI that signed the Australia all-rounder for INR 17.5 crore.
Then, the next biggest pick was English Test Captain Ben Stokes, who also fetches huge money. He was picked by the four-time champions, Chennai Super Kings, for a price of INR 16.25 crore. He will be playing under MS Dhoni in the IPL 2023.
However, there were a few unexpected picks as well. Former West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran, who was part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2022 for INR 10 crore, was released. But he was lucky enough to get way more than that. Pooran was picked by the Lucknow Super Giants for an amount of INR 16 crore.
Harry Brook was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 13.25, and Manyank Agarwal was sold to Sunrisers for INR 8.25 crore. Jason Holder was signed by the Rajasthan Royals for INR 5.75 crore. Former SRH captain Kane Williamson was signed for INR 2 crore (base price) by the Gujarat Titans.