3. Jaydev Unadkat – INR 29,60,75,000 (29.6 Crores in 8 Auctions)
Jaydev Unadkat may have played ten seasons but he’s been in the auction eight times. 2011, 2012 and 2015 were the only years Unadkat didn’t appear in the IPL auction since he debuted in 2010. He has played for five teams so far and has been among the expensive buys as well.
The Saurashtra fast bowler’s stocks have grown big in the last few years. Moreover, a large part of this total sum which exceeds INR 29 crores has also come from the last two auctions. Unadkat’s first big signing came in 2013 when RCB bought him for $525,000 (approx INR 3.2 crores). In the following year, it was Delhi who bid INR 2.8 crores for the left-arm pacer. In 2016, KKR bought him for INR 1.6 crores.
He didn’t play a lot in 2015 and 2016 when he meant his stocks dropped. Hence, he was given just INR 30 lakhs by RPS. But 24 wickets from 13 games meant that Unadkat was back in the big frame. Hence, RR broke the bank to splash INR 11.5 crores in 2018. After his disappointing performance, they released him only to buy him back at a slightly lesser price in 2019 (INR 8.4 crores).
2. Dinesh Karthik – INR 38,85,00,000 (38.85 Crores in 7 Auctions)
Dinesh Karthik is probably one of the unluckiest Indian cricketers. His career collided with that of MS Dhoni who simply owned the wicketkeeper’s slot in the national team. Hence, Karthik was reduced to an injury replacement more often than not.
But he excelled in the IPL and was one of the biggest attractions. In 2008, Delhi bought him for $525,000 (INR 2.4 crores). Three years later, it was KXIP who broke the bank and paid a hefty sum of $900,000 for the Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper. In 2012, he was transferred to MI for a whopping sum of INR 12.5 crores.
However, it was in 2014 and 2015, his stocks shot up insanely. He attracted a lot of attention in 2014 before Delhi finally pouched him for INR 10.5 crores. In 2015, RCB went a few steps further as they shelled out a mind-boggling INR 12.5 crores for Karthik. Gujarat Lions bought him for INR 2.3 crores in 2016 before KKR won a bidding war and settled on INR 7.4 crores in 2018.
1. Yuvraj Singh – INR 48,10,00,000 (48.1 Crores in 7 Auctions)
It is rather surprising that a player of Yuvraj Singh’s calibre has switched so many teams. He never found a permanent franchise and always kept roaming around. Hence, as a result, he was a part of the IPL auctions. And more often than not, he was one of the big attractions.
In 2008, he was KXIP’s icon player and was bought for $925,000. He played three years in the Mohali-based franchise. Pune Warriors shelled out $1.8 million (approx INR 8.28 crores). After three years, the Punjab all-rounder made headlines once again when RCB went berserk and bought Yuvraj for a whopping INR 14 crores. Delhi went one step better in 2015 as they shelled out a staggering INR 16 crores for the southpaw.
However, inconsistent performances through the years meant Yuvraj’s utility went down. In 2016, he fetched INR 7 crores from SRH. He stayed there for two seasons. But the next two times, Yuvraj was bought at his base price. In 2018, KXIP bought him for INR 2 crores while MI bought him for just INR 1 crore in 2019.