It's time to celebrate a new history and of course, it's for yet another time that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is proved why it is the richest cricket premier league in the world. Ahead of the IPL 2023, the auction that was held on Friday scripted a new history as the IPL has welcomed a new most expensive player - Sam Curran, the 24-year-old England cricketer who is all set to have a huge turning point in his IPL career.
Sam Curran was one of the favourite overseas players among the Indian fans, which put more weight and value behind his trade. Curran was playing with Chennai Super Kings and had showcased as a potential gamechanger. Sam Curran broke Chris Morris's record (Rs 16.25 crore) to become the most expensive buy at an IPL auction. Yes, Punjab Kings won the tough battle and bought Sam Curran for a whopping Rs 18.25 crore.
With this new history, Curran will be joining a new league of Kings and an important reason why Curran's value rose high is that his recent triumph as the T20 World Cup player of the tournament. When Curran's name came to the trading table, several teams like Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, and Lucknow Super Giants had a clash to buy him. An intense battle came to an end with Punjab winning it by offering a historical price for the young all-rounder.
Punjab Kings wrote on Twitter, "Wham. Bam. Sam. Man of the Series from the T20 World Cup is back to where he belongs!" The previous expensive buy was South African pacer Chris Morris with Rs 16.25 crore and he was bought by Rajasthan Royals last year. The auction was held on Friday at Kochi and Sam Curran's buy had drawn an attention from cricket fans across the globe. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings and its fans have bidded a farewell for Sam Curran.
While Sam Curran became the most expensive player of the evening with Rs 18.25 crore, Australian all-rounder Cameroon Green was second-highest earner as he was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 17.5 crore. England Test skipper Ben Stokes was the third-highest earner after he was bought for Rs 16.25 crore by Chennai Super Kings, after winning the battle with Kolkata Knight Riders.
Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane was sold at his base price of Rs 50 lakh to Chennai Super Kings and several fans relish the reunion of Rahane and Ben Stokes with CSK skipper MS Dhoni as the trio had played together in the erstwhile Rising Pune Supergiant. In today's trade, West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder was sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 5.75 crore. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was bought by Kolkata for Rs 1.5 crore. While South Africa's Rilee Rossouw is sold for Rs 4.6 crore to Delhi Capitals, England player Joe Root is sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 1 crore.