PBKS Co-owner Ness Wadia reveals why they spent INR 18.5 crore on Sam Curran

PBKS Co-owner Ness Wadia reveals why they spent INR 18.5 crore on Sam Curran

The IPL auction of 2023 has produced a number of expensive players, not just in this season but overall as well. And the highest bid for Chris Morris, when he was acquired by the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2021 for a whopping price of INR 16.25, has been broken.

And it is not just by one player; three players have matched the value and two have surpassed it. English superstar Ben Stokes was taken by the Chennai Super Kings for a price of INR 16.25 crore, and he becomes the costliest player ever purchased by the four-time champions.

On the other hand, the same scenario took place when the five-time IPL champion Mumbai Indians went on to break their banks for the Australian all-rounder Cameron Green. MI has spent a huge price of INR 17.5 crore. But that was not it.

One player who has gotten more money than that is English all-rounder Sam Curran, who won "Player of the Tournament" in the 2022 T20 World Cup. Curran sets a new record and gets a deal of INR 18.5 crore from the Punjab Kings.

This was just incredible from the PBKS. They entered the auction with a price of INR 32.20 crore and spent almost 60 percent of their purse value on the English all-rounder. However, during the break, PBKS's co-owner Ness Wadia explained the reason behind spending so much money on Curran.

He said, "It's about having the right balance, so far so good and fingers crossed. It's lovely to have Sam back. We had him bat 7-7.5 a few years ago and then Chennai had him. These mock auctions are always dynamic. Sam is world class, is 24, played over 140 matches so far."

A number of franchises were keen to have the 24-year-old on their team. Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings, Lucknow Super Giants, and Punjab Kings entered the bidding war for the all-rounder. But eventually, it was PBKS that acquired him, making him the costliest player in IPL history.

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