IPL 2022 Auction: Here are the most expensive buys
The 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) mega auction started on Saturday with the 10 marquee players in focus. The auction also saw several teams spending handsomely to retain the services of certain players, while others broke the bank to sign a few world-class talents. Like previous auctions, the 2022 edition saw several players cash in. Here we decode the most expensive signings.
Ishan Kishan on Saturday became the costliest player in the IPL 2022 Auction. Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians (MI) shelled out Rs. 15.25 crore to acquire his services after having released him earlier. Kishan has scored 1,452 runs in the IPL. Kishan has become the second most valuable Indian player in the history of IPL auction after Yuvraj Singh (Rs. 16 crore).
CSK broke the bank to retain the services of Chahar. They signed him for Rs. 14 crore. Chahar made his IPL debut in 2016 for Rising Pune Supergiants against Delhi Daredevils. To date, he has played 63 matches and picked 59 wickets at an economy of 7.8. With a strike rate of 22.44, Chahar has a knack to pick wickets in the powerplay overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders bought Shreyas Iyer in the IPL 2022 Auction for a whopping Rs 12.25 crore. Iyer is also the front-runner to lead KKR during the 15th edition of the IPL. Iyer was released by Delhi after the 2021 season. He guided DC to the IPL final in 2020. To date, Iyer has played 87 IPL games, smashing 2,375 runs at 31.66.
England's Liam Livingstone on Sunday became the most expensive overseas buy in the auction. He was signed by Punjab Kings for a whopping Rs. 11.50 crore. He has played nine games in IPL and scored 113 runs at 14.12. He has the best score of 44. He has accumulated 4,095 runs in 164 T20Is at 29.04. He has slammed two centuries and 23 fifties.
Harshal Patel, who pocketed 32 wickets in 2021, was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs. 10.75 crore. Sunrisers Hyderabad spent Rs. 10.75 crore to sign West Indies' Nicholas Pooran. India's Shardul Thakur was purchased by Delhi Capitals for the same amount. RCB roped in Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga against a sum of Rs. 10.75 crore.