IPL 2020 auction: 5 most expensive Indian signings in the T20 league’s history
The auction for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is all set to be held on December 19 in Kolkata. Before that, all the eight franchises have announced their complete list of players released and retained. All the franchises will now be working on strategies to get things right at the auction so that they can spend their money right.
While the franchises were allotted Rs 82 crore each for the IPL 2019 season, Rs 85 crore has been allocated to each team for the 2020 season. The franchises will also have an additional purse of Rs 3 crore apart from the balance in their kitty, which will be carried forward from the last auction. The 2020 auction will be the last one before the franchises disband, and fresh squads will be assembled at the 2021 mega auction. This adds another interesting aspect to the bidding war this year.
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Over the years, many Indian players have been handed hefty pay packages by franchises. In the build-up to the 2020 auction, here’s a look at the top five most expensive Indian players in IPL history.
#5. Gautam Gambhir - Rs 11.04 crore
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir was purchased by Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011 for Rs 11.04 crore. He stayed with Shah Rukh Khan’s franchise till 2017 and had a mostly successful run. Under Gambhir as captain, KKR won the IPL in 2012, and again in 2014. He led from the front in the 2012 edition with 590 runs in 17 games at a strike rate of 143.55 with six fifties.
Gambhir wasn’t as successful with the bat in 2014, scoring 335 runs at a much slower strike rate of 114.33. However, his shrewd captaincy came in for praise as KKR lifted the title again. In 2018, Delhi Daredevils purchased him for Rs 2.8 crore and named him captain. However, he stepped down midway after some poor performances, and also decided to forego his salary.