Original salary of Indian stars in the 2008 IPL Auctions
The IPL 2019 auctions are done and dusted and we have new crorepatis who could set the IPL stage on fire this time. From the first season of the IPL, there has been a lot of change in how the tournament is played. With auctions every year, the IPL keeps getting new talent that showcases its worth on T20's biggest platform.
There have been a few players who have proved their worth for several years and have gone on to become IPL legends. Last year, Virat Kohli became the most expensive player in the IPL after he was retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the franchise he has been playing for since the beginning of the IPL.
Here are a few players who have had stupendous IPL records over the years, and the original price for which they were bought.
The USD - INR value is based on the conversion on 20th February 2008 : 1$ = Rs. 40.12
#1 Suresh Raina - ($650,000 / Rs. 2.6 Cr)
The swashbuckling left-hander has been the cornerstone of Chennai Super Kings' success for years, and was taken back by the franchise after spending two years in Gujarat Lions. Suresh Raina had made his India debut in 2005 and was a known entity in international cricket by the time the first IPL came.
Base priced at $125,000, Raina jumped to a price of $650,000 by the end of the inaugural auction, and is now the leading run-getter in the tournament, going neck to neck with Virat Kohli. At this moment, he is just 15 runs away from completing 5000 IPL runs.
His presence in the upper middle order has helped Chennai several times in the IPL and while his international career continues to fade into the obscurity, the CSK boy still manages to attract crowds because of the fan following amid the Yellow Army.