IPL Mega Auction has just been concluded with teams squandering to get players that they want. Some got their players while others could not. Some however were ready to break the bank in order to get what they wanted. This propelled some players to a price tag of Rs 10 core and beyond. Let’s look at the top ten costliest players of IPL 2022.
10. Avesh Khan – Lucknow SuperGiants, 10 Crores
The 10th costliest buys of the IPL 2022 season is Avesh Khan. A modern-day fast bowler who has many variations on his sleeve. He has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore as well as Delhi Capitals in previous IPL outings. This year he has been bought by the new entrant Lucknow Super Giants for Rs 10 Crore making him the most expensive uncapped player ever.
9. Lockie Ferguson – Gujarat Titans, 10 crore
Lockie Ferguson is a Kiwi fast bowler who played for Kolkata Knight Riders in last years IPL. This year he has been bought by Gujarat Titans for Rs 10 Crore.
His last year’s stat of 24 wickets from 22 matches shows his expertise in the area. He could also hit some runs down the order making him a good overseas player for GT.
8. Nicholas Pooran – SRH, 10.75 Crore
The West Indian southpaw is known for his explosive batting up the order. Nicholas Pooran who played for Punjab Kings did not have a good 2021 IPL but with West Indies, he has shown that he can score quick runs.
This year he has been bought by SRH in the mega auction for Rs 10.75 Crore making him the second most expensive left-handed batsman in IPL 2022.
7. Harshal Patel – RCB, 10.75 Crore
Harshal Patel was the find of the IPL 2021 taking a massive 32 wickets in just 15 games from RCB. His hard work seems to have paid massively as RCB chose to pay Rs 10.75 Crore for the right-arm pacer.
This however seems like a bad bit of business from RCB as they could have easily retained him for a fraction of this amount but did not. He was also hit for 35 runs in one over which is slightly concerning for RCB fans. Harshal Patel however had an explosive IPL 2021 and we wish he would show the same level of performance in IPL 2022 now that he has become one of the costliest players of this season’s mega auction.
6. Wanindu Hasaranga – RCB, 10.75 Crore
This came straight out of the blue as very few expected the Sri Lankan all-rounder to go for the money that he did. RCB splashed the cash on this right arm spinner cum batsman who has had a very good couple of years in international cricket.
He has only played two IPL matches but his selection is solely based on his performance for Sri Lanka. In 34 T20 matches, he has taken 55 wickets as well as made 332 runs with a highest of 71. Having been bought for Rs 10.75 Crore, Hasarange has become the second most expensive buy of IPL 2022 mega auction.
5. Shardul Thakur – Delhi Capitals, 10.75 Crore
Shardul Thakur who started under Dhoni at CSK has seen an incredible rise in his cricketing career. He has played immensely well for India as well which has cemented his position as one of the best breakthrough wicket-takers in the game. Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit Sharma have all used him to break partnerships and he has always delivered.
His match-winning exploits have rightfully earned him the name Lord Shardul Thakur. A big-money bid was expected and so did it happen. The resurgent Delhi Capitals were able to lock him up for this season’s IPL and we’re very sure that he would win them some games single-handedly.
4. Liam Livingstone – Punjab Kings, 11.50 Crore
Liam Livingstone is a proper T20 player. Having played for Perth Scorchers, Rajasthan Royals, Karachi Kings and many other teams, Livingstone has made a name for hitting quick runs whenever needed. He has made 4101 runs in 163 games at a strike rate of 145. He has also taken 68 wickets in those games.
That tells you all about Liam Livingstone and why he was made the most expensive overseas player in this year IPL mega auction. Punjab Kings has a real winner at their hand and if he continues to play as he has in the past, they could be a really strong team in the IPL 2022.
3. Shreyas Iyer- KKR, 12.25 Crore
Shreyas Iyer is no stranger to big-money signings. He was bought by Delhi Capitals and made the captain such is his calibre. His performance in the IPL got him a place on the Indian national team as well.
Though he was injured for the most part in 2021 IPL, he has shown good form in international cricket. Having captained Delhi in the IPL he could also be handed the captaincy for KKR in IPL 2022. With 12.25 Crore, Shreyas Iyer is the 3rd most expensive player in this year’s IPL mega auction.
2. Deepak Chahar- CSK, 14 Crore
Some say Deepak Chahar is a better Shardul Thakur and they could be correct to some extent. Known for taking wickets, Chahar could also bat at the end which is something all the team are looking for in a T20 game.
All-rounders going for huge money is somewhat of a common theme at the IPL 2022 mega auction and Chahar is certainly one of the very best in that department. Having become the second most expensive player at IPL 2022 mega auction Deepak Chahar would be tasked with spearheading the Chennai Super Kings bowling attack if they have any chance of success in IPL 2022.
1. Ishan Kishan – MI, 15.25 Crore
Watching Mumbai Indians at the mega auction 2022, it was clear that they were saving money for someone. They would often bid for good players but never go beyond a certain price. They would just stop once a player crossed a specific number. This was all for Ishan Kishan, the left-handed batsman from Bihar. His name came and Mumbai Indians made him the most expensive player at the IPL mega auction with a closing bid of Rs 15.25 Crores.
It is well known that Ishan Kishan is a very good T20 player, but the reason for his huge price tag in IPL 2022 is his marketability. He is young, stylish and plays well, three aspects that make him a go-to for any company that wants to market their product.
Ishan Kishan would repay his price tag just with the amount of ad money he would bring to Mumbai Indians.