Top 10 players with greatest multiples of their base price in the IPL auction history

Varun Chakravarthy was the most expensive uncapped in the auction this time around.

Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction is a huge opportunity for the unknown players to get huge bids. Most of the times, one or two uncapped players manage to bag a huge amount in the event and this time it was Varun Chakravarthy from Tamil Nadu. He came into the auction with the base price of Rs 20 lakhs and generated a lot of interest among five teams before the Kings XI Punjab ended up picking him for a massive amount of Rs 8.4 Crore.

The final price which the mystery spinner raked in was 42 times compared to his base price. This is the second highest number in terms of the multiples of the base price in the IPL auction history. Murugan Ashwin is at the top of this list as he was snapped up by the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) for an amount 45 times of his base price in 2016.


The RPS had paid him Rs 4.5 crore after an intense bidding war from a reserve price of Rs 10 lakhs. Varun equalled Deepak Hooda in this aspect as the latter was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for Rs 4.2 crore and is still playing for them.

Here’s the detail list:

Name Season Base Price Team Auctioned Price Multiple
Murugan Ashwin 2016 10 Lakhs INR RPS 4.50 crore INR 45
Deepak Hooda 2016 10 Lakhs INR SRH 4.20 crore INR 42
Varun Chakravarthy 2019 20 Lakhs INR KXIP 8.40 crore INR 42
Karun Nair 2016 10 Lakhs INR DD 4.00crore INR 40
Nathu Singh 2016 10 Lakhs INR MI 3.20crore INR 32
Chris Morris 2013 20,000 USD CSK 625,000 USD 31.25
KrishnappaGowtham 2018 20 Lakhs INR RR 6.20 crore INR 31
T Natarajan 2017 10 Lakhs INR KXIP 3.00 crore INR 30
Pawan Negi 2016 30 Lakhs INR DD 8.50crore INR 28.33333
Shreyas Iyer 2015 10 Lakhs INR DD 2.60crore INR 26

What about IPL 2019 Auction?

As far as the IPL 2019 Auction is concerned, Varun Chakravarthy was the clear winner while Mumbai’s Shivam Dube followed him. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) fought gamely to grab his services and the former team won the battle. Dube was signed up by the Virat Kohli-led franchise for Rs 5 crores which is 25 times his base price.

The 17-year-old Prabhsimran Singh, Akshdeep Nath and Mohit Sharma are next on the charts who kept their base price in lakhs and then managed to rake in Crores from the teams. The bidding war between RCB, MI and KXIP for the wicketkeeper Prabhsimran was surprising for everyone. KXIP were desperate for a wicketkeeper and they went all guns blazing for him to eventually snap him for Rs 4.8 crore, 24 times his base price.

The likes of Jaydev Unadkat, Carlos Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer among many were also the talk of the town. But the uncapped players stole the limelight hands down in the auction this time around.

Here’s the list:

Name Team Capped/Uncapped Base Price Auction Price Multiple
Varun Chakravarthy KXIP Uncapped 20Lakhs INR 8.40crore INR 42
ShivamDube RCB Uncapped 20Lakhs INR 5.00crore INR 25
PrabSimran Singh KXIP Uncapped 20Lakhs INR 4.80crore INR 24
AkshdeepNath RCB Uncapped 20Lakhs INR 3.60crore INR 18
Mohit Sharma CSK Capped 50Lakhs INR 5.00crore INR 10
ShimronHetmyer RCB Capped 50Lakhs INR 4.20crore INR 8.4
Prayas Ray Barman RCB Uncapped 20Lakhs INR 1.50crore INR 7.5
BarinderSran MI Capped 50Lakhs INR 3.40crore INR 6.8
Carlos Brathwaite KKR Capped 75Lakhs INR 5.00crore INR 6.67
Nicholas Pooran KXIP Capped 75Lakhs INR 4.20crore INR 5.6
JaydevUnadkat RR Capped 1.50crore INR 8.40crore INR 5.6

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