The new season of Indian Premier League is about to commence and the cash-rich league is already pumping up the heat with the player auction which is taking place in Bengaluru.
The key highlight of the auction so far has been England’s, Ben Stokes. With a fierce bid for the star all-rounder among the team, Sanjeev Goenka's Rising Pune Super giants bought him for a whopping 14.5 crore.
With a number of players going for big money over the course of 10 seasons of IPL, let's have a look at the five costliest players in the history of IPL who went on to fetch a large amount of the money at IPL auctions.
TOP FIVE EXPENSIVE PLAYERS IN IPL HISTORY:
1. Yuvraj Singh
India's 2011 World Cup victory hero, Yuvraj Singh has been the most expensive player in the history of IPL with Delhi Daredevils paying Rs 16 crore for him in IPL 2015.
2. Ben Stokes
The latest entrant to this chart is Ben Stokes. The star England all-rounder will play his maiden IPL season under the aegis of one season old Rising Pune Super giants after Sanjeev Goenka's team bought him for Rs 14.5 crore in auction for IPL 2017.
3. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Stepping down from the Rising Pune Super giants on Sunday, Captain cool MSD was taken by RPS in their squad for a handsome amount of Rs 12.5 crore when the CSK and RR's players were inducted into auctions.
4. Tymil Mills
Speedster Tymal Mills emerged as the surprise player in the 2017 auctions as Royal Challengers Banglore took hands on the globe-trotter player for Rs 12 crore. Constantly able to clock at 140 kmph, Mills is a t-20 specialist player.
5. Gautam Gambhir
The present Kolkata Knight Riders skipper has proved himself as the most crucial buy for the Shah Rukh Khan's team after GG lead the team to 2 consecutive IPL titles. KKR drafted the Delhi-based opener for a handsome amount of Rs 11.5 crore.