Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh. (Source: Twitter)

The IPL 2021 auction is set to be held on February 18th, and each team will be busy forming their strategies leading up to the auction. While the auctions are dynamic in nature sometimes teams end up paying a lot more than they had expected for a certain player.

Thus, it is natural that the players might suffer from the weight of the price tag. However, there are also a few players who thrived on it and others couldn’t quite live up to the expectations.

Here we have a look at five of the costliest players in IPL history

Yuvraj Singh – 16 crores (IPL 2015)

After the highs of the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh had to go through one of the most difficult phases in his life which was his battle against cancer. Although he made a comeback to cricket, he wasn’t the same player anymore.

Nevertheless, he got a big pay-day in IPL 2015 auction when the Delhi Daredevils snapped him up for an unbelievable INR 16 crores. It was but natural that the weight of the price tag got big on the star all-rounder.

Yuvraj Singh could only score 248 runs in 14 games and his team finished second-last in the IPL 2015 points table.

Pat Cummins – 15.5 crores (IPL 2020)

Arguably one of the finest fast bowlers going around at the moment, Pat Cummins was going to be a huge name in the IPL 2020 auction. He lived up to the hype as he was snapped up by the Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping INR 15.5 crores.
He did not start the season as well as he would have liked but gathered pace towards the end of the league phase. Although KKR didn’t qualify for the playoffs, Cummins picked up 12 wickets in 14 matches. The KKR franchise have shown faith in the Aussie quickly by retaining him ahead of the IPL 2021 season.

Ben Stokes – 14.5 crores (IPL 2017)

Ben Stokes by this time had become one of the finest all-rounders in the world across all three formats. Thus the Englishman was obviously going to be a hot property in the IPL 2017 auction. He was signed by the Rising Pune Supergiant for a humongous 14.5 crores. Stokes repaid the faith to a great extent by scoring 316 runs from 12 games and also picked
up 12 wickets. He was instrumental in RPS reaching the finals.

Yuvraj Singh – 14 crores ( IPL 2014)

Yuvraj Singh was back in the IPL auction in 2014 and was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for a hefty fee of 14 crores. The all-rounder was brought in with an expectation to reduce the burden on the likes of Kohli and de Villiers to do the run-scoring.

Yuvraj had a decent season, where he scored 376 runs. However, RCB finished second-last that season and released Yuvraj Singh.

Dinesh Karthik – 12.5 crores (IPL 2014)

Dinesh Karthik had a fantastic 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. By the 2014 auction, he had gained quite a lot of experience. He was snapped up by Delhi Daredevils for 12.5 crores and proved to be a vital cog in their middle-order. Although Karthik scored 325 runs, Daredevils finished last on the points table that season.

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