Sam Curran, wrote his name in the record books by becoming the most expensive player in IPL History. In the IPL Auction 2023 he garnered a stunning Rs 18.5 crore bid from Punjab Kings on Friday.
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Following that, Curran was the target of a fierce bidding war, with teams like Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings, Lucknow Super Giants, and Punjab Kings raising their paddles frantically in an effort to hire the T20 World Cup player of the year.
In the end, Punjab Kings had to spend a fortune to secure Sam Curran, who received the highest-ever offer, surpassing the previous greatest purchase by Rajasthan Royals in 2021 of South African all-rounder Chris Morris for Rs 16.25 crore.
Cameroon Green the second most expensive player after Sam Curran
Cameroon Green, an Australian all-rounder, earned the second-highest salary after Mumbai Indians offered him Rs 17.5 crore.
“I’m trying to pinch myself that this actually happened. Watching an auction by yourself is such a strange experience. On the Star Sports programme “Cricket Live – Auction Special,” Green commented, “I can’t believe how nervous I was and I was trembling like anything when the final call was verified.
“I’ve always been a tremendous fan of the IPL, so being a part of it will be awesome. Being a part of the Mumbai Indians, one of the competition’s powerhouses, makes me feel incredibly humble. Next year, I can’t wait to visit. Ben Stokes, who leads England’s Test team, was the third-highest gainer, earning Rs 16.25 crore from CSK, who edged Kolkata Knight Riders in yet another heated bidding war.
As batter Harry Brook won Rs 13.25 crore from Sunrisers Hyderabad, England players were in high demand.
The starting price for Brook, who scored three hundreds in as many games and broke the previous record for most runs scored by an England hitter in a Test series in Pakistan, was Rs 1.5 crore.
SRH and Rajasthan Royals were the leading bidders for Brook.
Also purchased by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 8.25 crore was Indian international Mayank Agarwal. He had a Rs. 1 crore base price.
Kane Williamson, a mainstay of New Zealand, was sold to Gujarat Titans for his base price of Rs 2 crore.
Out-of-favour The solitary bidder for the player, Indian batter Ajinkya Rahane, purchased him from Chennai Supper Kings for his basic price of Rs. 50 lakh.
Both Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan and South African batter Rilee Rossouw were unpurchased.
Jason Holder, an all-rounder from the West Indies, was traded to the Rajasthan Royals for Rs 5.75 crore.
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Aaron Finch, the captain of Australia’s 20-over team, said that Curran, Stokes, and Green’s high salaries were not surprising because all three are elite rounders who can benefit their respective teams.
Yes, Chennai has a history of pursuing seasoned players who are aware of what they want. And when you add that world-class all-rounder to the mix, the team becomes incredibly balanced,” Finch added.
“I believe the only difference between Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, and Cameron Green is Curran’s ability to bowl in the final five overs. His track record is astounding. Therefore, if you’re considering a bowling all-rounder, that probably makes him the choice.
“But Ben Stokes, he structures out any team wonderfully well because he can bat in the top four and top six, and you can nearly count on him to bowl four overs as well. The fact that all three of those men have been paid what they have received is not surprising to me because it is a significant asset, he continued.
They chose Brook with the finisher’s role in mind, according to SRH head coach and former West Indies great Brian Lara.
We were searching for a player to complete the game for us in Pooran’s absence. The accomplishments of Harry Brook around the globe have demonstrated his capacity to do so. Although there are huge expectations and I think he’s a terrific decision, it will take him some time to find his rhythm. Lara stated.
He has experience playing in Asian environments, to start. He recently participated in the Pakistan Super League and played Test matches there. He will be well-suited for a country like India with such kinds of experiences. I believe he has that benefit.
Having played Test cricket for Brendon McCullum and winning the World Cup, he also comes from a strong and confident background (T20). Another significant asset is that we have someone who is becoming accustomed to success.