Yuvraj’s price has surprisingly risen since the last time he was bought in an auction. He was the icon player for the first two years before moving to Pune Warriors for $1.8 million. Since then, despite ageing and dropping form-wise, he commanded a huge pay rise this year…
Yuvraj Singh emerged as the most expensive player in the 2014 IPL Auction with a massive price tag of Rs. 14 crore paid for him by Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Dinesh Karthik shocked many after Delhi Daredevils paid a whopping Rs. 12.5 crore to purchase him. Delhi also managed to retain Kevin Pietersen for 9 crore, while Kings XI Punjab bagged Mitchell Johnson for 6.5 crore, who also got his Australian team mate Glenn Maxwell for 6 crore. Karn Sharma bagged the highest among the uncapped players as Sunrisers Hyderabad paid 3.75 crore to retain him, while Rishi Dhawan was the second best with 3 crore paid for him by Kings XI Punjab. 16:04 Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore were the only two teams to finish their full auction kitty of 60 crore. Rajasthan Royals bought the most number of players at 25, but still had the highest fund remaining at the end with 5.55 crore still in hand. Kings XI Punjab had 4.1 crore left in their kitty after buying 23 players, while Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad each had 1 crore remaining. Chennai bought the least number of players at 20, but still had only 20 lakh left at the end, while Mumbai Indians had 5 lakh left after buying 21 players.
The astounding prices that Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Karthik commanded in the IPL 7 auctions may have surprised some given their previous auction values. But were they always the top earners? Or did their value increase or decrease over time?
We take a look at the top eight most valuable players bought this year and compare their prices to auctions in previous years (since previous auctions were conducted in dollars — we have divided this year’s sum by counting one dollar as Rs 60).
Top eight players at IPL 7 auctions
Yuvraj Singh to RCB – Rs 14 crore ( $2.3 million): Yuvraj’s price has surprisingly risen since the last time he was bought in an auction. He was the icon player for the first two years before moving to Pune Warriors for $1.8 million. Since then, despite ageing and dropping form-wise, he commanded a huge pay rise this year.
Dinesh Karthik to DD – Rs 12.5 crore ( $2.08 million): Karthik started his IPL journey by signing for Delhi Daredevils for $525,000. He then moved to Kings XI Punjab for $900,000 and later transferred to Mumbai Indians for an undisclosed sum believed to be around $2.3 million (out of which Karthik retained 80 per cent of the fee — around $1.45 million). But that wasn’t his last payday — the journeyman will return to Delhi for a whopping $2.08 million.
Kevin Pietersen to DD – Rs 9 crore ( $1.5 million): KP’s value has fluctuated given his availability during the IPL season. RCB snapped him up for $1.55 million.Deccan Chargers however, got him for just $650,000 at the 2011 auctions (where he couldn’t play). This year KP will be available for the whole season and it seems Delhi hit the jackpot, getting him for $1.5 million after initially securing his transfer from Deccan in 2012.
Mitchell Johnson to KXIP – Rs 6.5 crore ($1.08 million): Considering the sort of attention and money Johnson got at this year’s auction, $300,000 seems like a bargain — and that’s the sum for which Mumbai Indians got him in 2012. They didn’t decide to retain him and Mumbai’s loss is Punjab’s gain — for almost four times the money.
Glenn Maxwell to KXIP – Rs 6 crore ( $1 million): Truly a million-dollar man. His base price was just $200,000 in 2013 and Mumbai paid a million to get him — this year Kings XI shelved out the same amount. What is interesting is this though — his base price slightly fell from last year (to about $165,000) — he’s still a winner though.
Jacques Kallis to KKR – Rs 5.5 crore ( $916, 000): It’s been seven years since the IPL started, but Kallis still maintains his value. He was first bought for $900,000 by RCB before going to KKR for $1.1 million. He’s not getting any younger, but he still went for close to a million bucks back to KKR this year too.
David Warner Batsman to SRH – Rs 5.5 crore ( $916,000): A canny off-season signing by Delhi Daredevils in 2009, Warner has grown in stature since then. This time he will turn up for dark horses SRH and will pocket a lot of money for it.
Robin Uthappa Batsman to KKR – Rs 5 crore ( $833,000): From $525,000 in the inaugural season to just shy of a million in 2014 — Uthappa has pocketed good money for his IPL exploits. He was traded by Mumbai at no cost in 2009 — heading to RCB as Zaheer Khan went the other way. And then, from a base price of $200,000 he was eventually signed by Pune for $2.1 million in 2011. Considering that sort of money, Kolkata have done well to get him for more than a 50 per cent discount this year.