At the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 Player Auction, all-rounders Sam Curran (who was purchased for INR 18.5 crore by Punjab Kings), Cameron Green (who was purchased for INR 17.5 crore by Mumbai Indians), and Ben Stokes (who was purchased for INR 16.25 crore by Chennai Super Kings) became the three most expensive buys.
When the Punjab Kings won the bid for Curran at 18.5 crore rupees, he became the most expensive player in the history of the Indian Premier League auction, surpassing Chris Morris’ record from the previous year.
When they arrived in Punjab, he met up with his countrymen Johnny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone. While all was going on, the Mumbai Indians were victorious over the Delhi Capitals and earned the green flag.
Stokes, who played with MS Dhoni at Rising Pune Super Giants, will join the former India captain in Yellow threads as the third most expensive player in the auction. Stokes and Dhoni were teammates at Rising Pune Super Giants.
Chris Gayle, acting in his capacity as an analyst for JioCinema, mused aloud, “These three are private jet category players.”
The sum of Rs 16 crore was given to West Indies wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran by the Lucknow Super Giants. It brought out the goofy side in both Countryman and Chris Gayle. Immediately afterward, Gayle joked, “Nikki P, the money that I loan you, can I get it back please?”
After an intense bidding war with Rajasthan Royals, England’s Harry Brook was eventually acquired by Sunrisers Hyderabad for the price of Rs 13,25 crore. Rajasthan Royals were unable to continue the auction since they did not have enough money in their pocket.
In the three-match Test series that England won over Pakistan by a score of 3-0, Brooks earned 468 runs at an average of 43 and a strike rate of 93. Brook has played in 20 Twenty20 Internationals and has scored 372 runs while averaging 26.57 and having a strike rate of above 135.
“Early on, Harry Brook emptied his financial account. Even though that’s a lot of money, I think it’s a good purchase. Additionally, he is a skilled player. I am ecstatic for Mayank and am pleased for him. So, the Sunrisers are really putting it together in the field of batting, “added Gayle.