IPL 2023: The Indian Premier League, the world’s biggest cash-rich T20 cricket league, has seen players become rich overnight. Here the lives of the players have been seen changing, where even an unknown player has been seen becoming a sapphire in the auction market. Here it is not seen how long the bid is to be stopped on which player, rather the franchisee plays the bet considering his current performance and the need and balance of his team until those players become a part of their team.
Something similar was seen in the 2023 mini-auction of IPL. Even though there were not many players in the auction field this time, nor did the franchises need more players, some players did not shy away from paying more than they needed. And along with this, all the franchisees made some such bets which proved to be record-breaking. So let’s talk about the most expensive player of all the teams in this auction, and why the franchise spent crores on this player. What are the expectations of the franchise from those players?
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Punjab Kings: Sam Curran (Rs 18.50 crore)
Some of the players have been added to the list of the most expensive players in the Indian Premier League 2023 auction. In the IPL 2023 mini-auction, Punjab Kings bought an English all-rounder named Sam Curran for the highest price. England’s young sensation Sam Curran was bought by the Punjab Kings for Rs 18.50 crore. Sam went all out to acquire Curran, becoming the most expensive player in the league.
All of the franchises began bidding for Sam Curran, but the competition was won by Punjab Kings. wanted a player who could balance the team with both ball and bat for many years to come. Curran is a player who can bowl and bat in any order.
Mumbai Indians – Cameron Green (Rs 17.50 crore)
The Australian young all-rounder Cameron Green was showered with such money in the Indian Premier League mini-auction that he had not even dreamed of. When Cameron Green’s name came into the hands of the auctioneer in the auction for the 2023 season, many franchises entered the fray to acquire him. There was fierce competition between the franchises to get Green. In the end, Mumbai Paltan bought him for a price of Rs 17.50 crore and made the second-highest bid of the season.
The reason why teams were willing to place such a huge bet on Cameron Green is that he has been in terrific form over the past year or so. The Mumbai Indians have included him as part of a long-term plan, as the 23-year-old Green is a good fast bowler as well as a great batsman.
Chennai Super Kings: Ben Stokes (Rs 16.25 crore)
English star all-rounder Ben Stokes re-entered the IPL auction after a brief break. Everyone knows the level of player Ben Stokes is, so when he landed in this auction, his magic again prevailed among the franchises. As soon as his name came up, all the teams were ready to risk everything to get him. Ben Stokes’ bid quickly surpassed Rs. 15 crores. Eventually, this veteran of England joined Dhoni’s army. He was purchased by the Chennai Super Kings for a whopping Rs 16.25 crore.
It is clear that the Chennai Super Kings have thought about their future by buying Ben Stokes because Mahendra Singh Dhoni will retire in a few seasons. In such a case, this England Test captain will be the best candidate for the CSK captaincy. Along with this, his international cricket experience will also be useful for the team. It is clear that this is a future investment.
Lucknow Supergiants – Nicholas Pooran (Rs 16 crore)
Every season, West Indies cricketers dominate the auction. The players here are considered specialists in the T20 format, of which one is wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran. The Sunrisers acquired this Windies player last season but released him this season. In such a case, the Lucknow Supergiants placed a bid on him in the auction; Lucknow paid Rs 16 crores to acquire Puran.I could not understand anything behind paying such a huge amount.
This team already has two wicketkeeper batsmen in the form of Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul, whose place in the playing 11 is certain, while the logic behind taking Puran is incomprehensible. By the way, it appears that they want a batsman in the middle order who can score quick runs in any situation.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – Harry Brook (Rs 13.25 crore)
After winning the title in the IPL in 2016, the Orange Army is continuously struggling, They are waiting to win the title again after this, and in this wait, they made a lot of changes. This time, too, many players were discharged. Sunrisers Hyderabad shocked the auction by paying crores for young England batsman Harry Brook. Harry Brooke was chosen for a whopping Rs 13.25 crore.
Harry Brook was not expected to fetch such a big price, but the Orange Army picked him because of his current form. Harry Brook is batting tremendously. In this situation, the Sunrisers have placed large bets to acquire this batsman.
Gujarat Titans – Shivam Mavi (Rs 6 crore)
The Gujarat Titans team in the 15th season of IPL looked like a very balanced team. With this balance, he entered the auction ground. They needed only a few places in the team, so Gujarat Titans bought players very carefully. Uttar Pradesh’s fast bowler Shivam Mavi also joined his list. Who proved to be the most expensive player of his team. Titans took Mavi with them by paying an amount of Rs 6 crore.
One of the major reasons for placing such a big bet on Shivam Mavi was the need for an Indian pacer who could support Mohammed Shami. Apart from Shami, they did not have any reliable fast bowler last season. Also, despite the new team, Gujarat Titans made a big bet on Shivam Mavi.
Rajasthan Royals: Jason Holder (Rs 5.75 crore)
Rajasthan Royals, the runner-up team in the 15th season of the IPL, entered the auction with a lot of balance this time. He insisted on the auction table to meet some of the shortcomings. He went to great lengths to get Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, and Cameron Green, but he found success with Windies veteran all-rounder Jason Holder. Jason Holder is a formidable all-rounder with hitting ability in addition to fast bowling. The Rajasthan Royals acquired him for Rs 5.75 crore. The Royals want to bring in a foreign option who can not only bowl fast but also bat for the team.
Delhi Capitals: Mukesh Kumar (Rs 5.50 crore)
The Indian Premier League has made hundreds of players crorepatis so far. Some players are unknown, but they do something in the auction that the entire world learns about.A bigger example than Mukesh Kumar cannot be seen in this mini-auction. West Bengal fast bowler Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Bihar’s Gopalganj, was bought by the Delhi Capitals for Rs 5.50 crore.
Mukesh Kumar, who was unsold last season, whom no one knew, became a crorepati overnight. The 29-year-old fast bowler has impressed with his bowling, He made his first-class debut in 2015 and has taken 123 wickets in 33 matches, while in T20s he has 25 wickets in 23 matches at an excellent economy rate of 7.20. Have done Delhi Capitals have placed this big bet on him for the coming few seasons, as they were looking for an Indian bowler who could play a few seasons for their team and take wickets as well as curb the run rate
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Will Jacks (Rs 3.2 crore)
In the auction held for this season of the IPL, the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise neither had many purses left nor did they need so many players. In such a situation, he landed with great caution. He definitely bid on some players, but they remained out of his reach. In the end, he was caught by England’s wicketkeeper-batsman, Will Jacques. RCB invested Rs 3.2 crore in Will Jacks and took it with them.
This player means a lot to their team. Will Jacks is a brilliant young batsman, as well as offering a wicketkeeping option. For them, Dinesh Karthik is at the end of his career, in such a situation, Jaques is the one who can take on the responsibility of wicketkeeping in the team for the coming season.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Shakib Al Hasan (Rs 1.50 crore)
In this mini-auction of the IPL, all the franchises kept betting on one player or another, but the people sitting at the auction table of the Kolkata Knight Riders were sitting completely silent. It seemed as if it were not a part of this auction at all. Coming in with a modest purse value, almost all the big names were out of reach. He ultimately went with Bangladesh’s legendary all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib purchased it for himself at a base price of Rs 1.50 crore. Although it is not as effective as taking Shakib, getting this player at the base price is not a loss deal, and he can provide the team with an all-rounder option in times of need.