Indian skipper Virat Kohli has become the most expensive player in the history of Indin Premier League (IPL). Ahead of the mega-auction of the IPL 11, all the 8 franchises gathered to announce the retained players on January 4 where Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) retained their skipper for a huge amount of Rs. 17 Crore along with South African batsman AB de Villiers (Rs 11 Cr) and Uttar Pradesh’s Sarfaraz Khan (Rs 1.75 Cr).
Earlier, it was Yuvraj Singh who was the most expensive player. In 2015, Yuvraj was bought by the RCB for Rs 16 Crore. And now when Virat Kohli has cracked the biggest deal, here’s the list of the most expensive IPL players till date.
|1||Virat Kohli||RCB||Rs 17 Cr||2018|
|2||Yuvraj Singh||RCB||Rs 16 Cr||2015|
|3||Gautam Gambhir||KKR||Rs 15 Cr||2011|
|4||Ben Stokes||RPS||Rs 14.5 Cr||2017|
|5||Yusuf Pathan||KKR||Rs 13 Cr||2011|
Following is the list of players retained by the 8 IPL franchises and their respective prices:
Virat Kohli (RCB) – Rs. 17 Cr
AB de Villiers (RCB) – Rs. 11 Cr
Sarfaraz Khan (RCB) – Rs. 1.75 Cr
MS Dhoni (CSK) – Rs. 15 Cr
Suresh Raina (CSK) – Rs. 11 Cr
Ravindra Jadeja (CSK) – Rs. 7 Cr
David Warner (SRH) – Rs. 12 Cr
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH) – Rs. 8.5 Cr
Steve Smith (RR) – Rs. 12 Cr
Rohit Sharma (MI) – Rs. 15 Cr
Hardik Pandya (MI) – Rs. 11 Cr
Jasprit Bumrah (MI) – Rs. 7 Cr
Sunil Narine (KKR) – Rs. 8.5 cr
Andre Russell (KKR) – Rs. 7 Cr
Axar Patel (KXIP) – Rs. 6.75 Cr
Rishabh Pant (DD) – Rs. 8 Cr
Chris Morris (DD) – Rs. 7.1 Cr
Shreyas Iyer (DD) – Rs. 7 Cr
On the other hand, the teams like Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) made their comeback in the tournament after facing a ban of 2-years. SK retained MS Dhoni (15 Cr), Ravindra Jadeja (Rs 7 Cr) and Suresh Raina (Rs 11 Cr) while RR retained only one player – Steve Smith (Rs 12 Cr).
The eleventh edition of IPL commences from April 4, 2018, and will end on May 31, 2018.