IPL 2018: 5 Big money signings who were worth every penny

Some local Indian talents splurged big amounts from the IPL Auction and youngsters started seeing this league as a one-time opportunity to get settled in life.

Yusuf Pathan KKR
Yusuf Pathan KKR. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Over the years, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen cash being splashed vociferously, but only sometimes to good effect. So many players like Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, and Pavan Negi have always been a hot property in the auction, but not on many occasions they did full justice to the amount they received from the club.

Since the inception of the League, a full-fledged auction has taken place on 4 occasions, in 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2018. Whilst the initial one didn’t surprise many, the 2011 IPL Auction which was held during the World Cup, threw a lot of surprises. Some local Indian talents splurged big amounts and youngsters started seeing this league as a one-time opportunity to get settled in life.

The 2014 and 2018 auctions also managed to surprise a lot of people. Indian players Jaydev Unadkat, Krunal Pandya and also the youngster from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan, went for a hefty price. Only the commencement of the League will decide if all these players were worth the amount they’re set to receive, but some other players in the past did full value to their contracts. Here’s a list of all those cricketers.

1. Rohit Sharma (Rs. 9.2 Crore)

Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians. (Photo: Twitter)

Hands down the finest auction buy in the last decade, Rohit Sharma has proven his worth with the bat and his captaincy. Rohit going for USD 2 Million (Rs. 9.2 Crore according to 2011 currency exchange rates) actually was a surprise for many. He was not included in the 2011 ICC World Cup squad and was in the worst form his career. Despite representing the country in over 75 limited overs fixtures, his performances were not at par.

The Mumbai Indians franchise nevertheless went after their local boy and splashed a huge amount. He repaid the faith shown by the owners and helped them clinch 3 IPL trophies as a captain, most by any player in the tournament’s history. He also is the third highest run scorer in the league’s history. Rohit Sharma was retained by the Mumbai Indians before the 2018 auction for a whopping Rs. 15 Crore.

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