Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins set the floor rolling after being purchased by Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction 2020 on Thursday. Here we look at five foreigners who raked in the most money in IPL Auction over the years.
Pat Cummins steals the thunder in IPL 2020
Cummins was bought for a whopping Rs 15.50 crore by the two-time IPL champions. With this sum, Cummins became the second-most expensive signing ever in the history of the IPL after Yuvraj Singh. He also broke Ben Stokes’ record of Rs 14.5 crore in 2017. We look at the most expensive buys across seasons in the IPL.
Pietersen and Flintoff in IPL 2009
In 2009, we had two England superstars, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff getting massive deals. They raked in Rs 9.8 crore each respectively. All-rounder Flintoff went to Chennai Super Kings, whereas, Royal Challengers Bangalore got Pietersen.
Shane Watson bagged Rs 9.5 crore in 2016
In 2016, Shane Watson was bought by RCB for a whopping Rs. 9.5 crore. The former Rajasthan Royals player was purchased in order to bring balance into the RCB squad but things turned out to be dismal for the Aussie. In 16 matches, he managed only 179 runs and picked up 20 wickets.
Ben Stokes raked in the moolah in 2017 and 2018
England all-rounder Ben Stokes went for a massive Rs 14.5 crore in IPL 2017. He was purchased by Rising Pune Supergiant and turned out to be the costliest foreigner ever back then. Stokes scored 316 runs and claimed 12 wickets as well. The next year, he fetched Rs 12.5 crore after the Royals went hard for him. Stokes couldn’t deliver for the Royals after a superb season at Pune.
Maxwell got the bucks in 2013
Glenn Maxwell got Rs 5.3 crore in the 2013 edition. He was bought by Mumbai Indians, who went on to win the title that year. However, he played just three matches that season and was subsequently released.