The much-anticipated auctions of the upcoming edition of IPL 2023 are witnessing some riveting and heated battles among the franchises. All the teams are aiming to scout the best overseas and domestic talents to strengthen their side ahead of the 16th edition of the cash-rich league. In one of the most buzzing news at the auctions, Punjab Kings have signed English all-rounder Sam Curran for a mammoth amount of Rs. 18.5 crores. With this, Sam Curran has become the highest-paid cricketer and the most expensive player in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Sam Curran was the most watched player ahead of the auctions. The emerging left-arm all-rounder was recently crowned as the Man of the Tournament at the ICC T-20 World Cup 2022. A fierce battle was witnessed between Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings, Lucknow Super Giants, and Punjab Kings to avail the services of Curran. Finally, Punjab Kings stood victorious and stormed Sam on their side.
Green & Stokes too bagged decent fees in IPL 2023 Auction
As expected, Australian all-rounder Cameron Green also received a hefty amount for his signing. Green was signed by the most successful IPL franchise Mumbai Indians for a whopping Rs. 17.5 crores. He now stands as the second-costliest player at the auctions.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes also witnessed a scintillating battle among the franchises and was finally picked by Chennai Super Kings for a stunning Rs. 16.25 crore. Stokes will now strengthen Super Kings middle-order and join Dhoni & co.
England players continued to win big at the IPL auctions as ace batsman Harry Brooks was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for a mammoth Rs. 13.25 crore. Sunrisers also signed veteran Indian batsman Mayank Agarwal for Rs. 8.25 crore.
In other significant bids at the auctions, Indian paceman Shivam Mavi was picked by Gujarat Titans for Rs. 6 crores. Delhi Capitals availed the services of Mukesh Kumar for 5.50 crore whereas Caribbean all-rounder Jason Holder was sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 5.75 crore and Proteas batsman Heinrich Klaasen was picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs. 5.25 crore.