England all-rounder Sam Curran on Friday became the most expensive player in the history of IPL auctions after fetching a whopping ₹18.5 crore bid from Punjab Kings here.
An intense bidding followed for Curran with Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings, Lucknow Super Giants and Punjab Kings raising their paddles frenetically to secure the services of T20 World Cup player-of-the tournament.
In the end, it was Punkab Kings that broke the bank to get Curran, who drew highest-ever bid that bettered the previous best buy of ₹16.25 crore that Rajasthan Royals had shelled out to grab South African all-rounder Chris Morris in 2021.
Australia all-rounder Cameroon Green was second-highest earner, fetching ₹17.5 crore bid from Mumbai Indians.
England Test skipper Ben Stokes was the third-highest gainer, fetching ₹16.25 crore from CSK who pipped Kolkata Knight Riders in another intense bidding war.
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England players were in demand as batter Harry Brook earned a ₹13.25 crore winning from Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Brook, who struck three hundreds in as many games and set new record for most runs by an England batter in a Test series in Pakistan, started at a base price of ₹1.5 crore.
The bidding for Brook was mainly between SRH and Rajasthan Royals.
India international Mayank Agarwal was also bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for ₹8.25 crore. His base price was set at ₹1 crore.
New Zealand stalwart Kane Williamson was sold at his base price at ₹2 crore to Gujarat Titans.
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Out-of-favour India batter Ajinkya Rahane was sold at his base price of ₹50 lakh to Chennai Supper Kings, the only bidder for the player.
South Africa batter Rilee Rossouw and Bangladesh al-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan went unsold.
West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder was sold to Rajasthan Royals for ₹5.75 crore.
Status of capped fast bowlers
Nicholas Pooran goes to LSG for ₹16 CRORE - the most expensive wicket-keeper ever in IPL!
Ishant Sharma goes to DC for ₹50 lakh
Jhye Richardson - sold to MI for ₹1.5 crore
Reece Topley - sold to RCB for ₹1.9 crore
Status of capped spinners (Base price: ₹20 lakh)
Tabraiz Shamsi - unsold
Adam Zampa - unsold
Akeal Hosein - unsold
Adil Rashid - sold to SRH for ₹2 crore
Mayank Markande - sold to SRH for ₹50 lakh
Mujeeb Rahman - unsold
Status of uncapped batters (Base price: ₹20 lakh)
Himmat Singh - unsold
Shaikh Rasheed - sold to CSK for INR ₹20 lakh
Rohan Kunnummal - unsold
Shubham Khajuria - unsold
Chethan LR - unsold
Anmolpreet Singh - unsold
Status of uncapped all-rounders
Shashank Singh, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Corbin Bosch, Saurabh Kumar and Priyam Garg - unsold
Nishant Sindhu - sold to CSK for ₹60 lakh
Sanvir Singh - sold to SRH for ₹20 lakh
Samarth Vyas - sold to SRH for ₹20 lakh
Vivrant Sharma - sold to SRH for ₹2.6 crore
Status of uncapped wicket-keepers
Mohammed Azharuddeen, Dinesh Bana and Sumit Kumar - unsold
Upendra Yadav - sold to SRH for ₹25 lakh
KS Bharat - sold to GT for ₹1.2 crore
N Jagadeesan - sold to KKR for ₹90 lakh
Status of uncapped fast bowlers
Lance Morris, Mujtaba Yousuf and KM Asif - unsold
Vaibhav Arora - sold to for ₹60 lakh
Yash Thakur - sold to LSG for ₹45 lakh
Shivam Mavi - sold to GT for ₹6 crore
Mukesh Kumar - sold to DC for ₹5.5 crore
Status of uncapped spinners
Shreyas Gopal, Murugan Ashwin, Izharulhuq Naveed and Chintal Gandhi - unsold
Himanshu Sharma - sold to RCB for ₹20 lakh
Capped batters 2
Daiwd Malan, Mandeep Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Rassie van der Dussen and Paul Stirling - unsold
Manish Pandey - sold to DC for ₹2.4 crore
Will Jacks - goes to RCB for ₹3.2 crore
Status of capped all-rounders 2
Dasun Shanaka, James Neesham, Wayne Parnell, Mohammad Nabi and Daryll Mitchell - unsold
Daniel Sams - sold to LSG for ₹75 lakh
Romario Shepherd - sold to LSG for ₹50 lakh
Status of capped fast bowlers 2
Kyle Jamieson - sold to CSK for ₹1 crore
Blessing Muzarabani, Dushmantha Chameera, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Sharma and Taskin Ahmed - unsold