Indian Premier League is a cash-rich cricket tournament. The T20 tournament offers handsome salaries to the players and it is one of the reasons why almost every player is eager to be part of IPL. So far, there have been 14 editions of the Indian Premier League. The current season IPL 2021 has witnessed its first leg and the 2nd leg of the tournament will conclude in September-October later this year.
Since the very first season, the Indian Premier League has offered huge sums of money to many cricketers. IPL auction is another crucial event of the tournament, where players bag high-paying IPL contracts from different franchises. In the past seasons, some Indian and foreign players have bagged expensive contracts in the tournament. Here, we take a glance at year-wise most expensive buys in IPL history.
Year-Wise Most Expensive Buys In IPL History
IPL 2008: MS Dhoni (Rs. 9.5 Crore)
Back in the maiden season in 2008, MS Dhoni was the most expensive buy. After leading India to T20I World Cup 2007 title, Dhoni was in high demand due to his batting and captainship abilities. Chennai Super Kings bought the former Indian skipper for Rs. 9.5 crore.
Dhoni scored 414 runs in 14 innings in the first edition and his team were the runners-up in the tournament. Since the first season, the wicket-keeper batsman has been associated with CSK and has captained the team in every season they played.