The 2018 mega Indian Premier League auction is finally over, with 578 players from India and all over the world having gone under the hammer over the last two days in Bangalore. It was clear from the word go that every franchise came into the auction with a strategy and road-map chalked out and went all-out to secure the players that they had in mind.
As is the norm every year, there were some usual suspects who generated massive bids in the auction hall while some new stars also emerged who had the eight teams running after their signature over these two days.
Now that everything is done and every team has its core in place, we take a look at the five most expensive foreign recruits at the 2018 IPL auction.
1. Ben Stokes – Rajasthan Royals (Rs. 12.5 Crore)
After being the most expensive pick at the 2017 auction when he was snapped up by the now defunct Rising Pune Supergiant for Rs. 14.5 crore, Ben Stokes was again expected to be the hottest pick of this auction and so he was. The mercurial England all-rounder was signed up the reinstated Rajasthan Royals for a whopping Rs. 12.5 crore and will once again be the most expensive player to play in the upcoming IPL season.
2. Chris Lynn – Kolkata Knight Riders (Rs. 9.6 Crore)
Like Ben Stokes, another overseas player who was expected to generate plenty of interest at the auction was Australia’s Chris Lynn. The maverick opening batsman is one of the most devastating boundary-hitters going around the world T20 circuit at present and was once again snapped up KKR for Rs. 9.6 crore. The injury-prone dasher had as many as five different franchises bidding for him but ultimately went back to his home of the last year, Kolkata Knight Riders.
3. Mitchell Starc – Kolkata Knight Riders (Rs. 9.4 Crore)
If you are a left-arm pace bowler who can bowl at over 140 clicks and churn out those toe crushing yorkers at will, chances are that you are likely to end up filthy rich at the end of any IPL auction. And the story was no different for Australia’s spearhead Mitchell Starc. The Kolkata Knight Riders shelled out a hefty sum of Rs. 9.4 crores to have world cricket’s premier fast bowler in their lineup, not without having to slug it out with the Kings XI Punjab for his signature though.
4. Glenn Maxwell – Delhi Daredevils (Rs. 9 Crore)
Yes, yet another Australian superstar on the list. The IPL 2018 auction proved to be lucky for Glenn Maxwell as well as he also had the franchises fighting it out big time to have him onboard. It was the Delhi Daredevils who finally succeeded in getting Maxwell back into their fold after letting him go a few years ago. The big-hitting Aussie all-rounder also had the likes of RCB, SRH and Rajasthan Royals vying him.
5. Rashid Khan – Sunrisers Hyderabad (Rs. 9 Crore)
When the IPL began back in the year 2008, it was almost impossible to even imagine a player from Afghanistan playing in the league, let alone being sold for a whopping Rs. 9 crores. But such has been the rise of the minnows from India’s north that a 19-year-old leg-spinner from the country is now among the most dangerous bowlers in the shortest format of the game. Sunrisers Hyderabad bagged Rashid Khan after using a Right To Match card. The much sought after Afghan player was a part of the same team in the previous edition of the IPL as well.