The Most Expensive Players in IPL 2023
IPL is renowned for its intense and energetic cricket matches and star-studded lineups. The IPL 2023 auction saw some of the biggest names in cricket go under the hammer, with 292 players vying for 61 slots across the eight teams. We look at the most expensive players in IPL 2023 and analyze whether they are worth the price.
Kolkata Knight Riders (22.5 Crore): Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins was the most expensive player in IPL 2023, with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) shelling out a whopping 22.5 crore for his services. While Cummins has been in good form recently, his IPL record has been mixed. In 2021, he picked up nine wickets in 14 matches at an economy rate of 8.91.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (14.25 Crore): Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was the second-most expensive player in IPL 2023, with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) splurging 14.25 crore for his services. Maxwell had a disappointing IPL 2021 season, scoring 148 runs in 13 matches at an average of 15.55. He is a proven match-winner and can turn a game on its head with his big hitting and his off-spin bowling. If Maxwell can find his form, he could be a valuable addition to the RCB lineup.
Kyle Jamieson – Royal Challengers Bangalore (12 Crore): New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jamieson was the fourth-most expensive player in IPL 2023, with RCB spending 12 crores to secure his services. Jamieson had a decent IPL 2021 season, picking up nine wickets in seven matches at an economy rate of 9.16. He is a tall, skiddy bowler who can extract good bounce from the wicket. Jamieson’s lower-order hitting could also be valuable for RCB, who have struggled with their lower order.
Jhye Richardson – Punjab Kings (11 Crore): Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson was the fifth-most expensive player in IPL 2023, with the Punjab Kings (PBKS) spending 11 crores to buy him. Richardson had a mixed IPL 2021 season, picking up seven wickets in as many matches at an economy rate of 9.26. He is a skilful bowler who can swing the ball both in many ways. Richardson’s death bowling skills could also be helpful for PBKS, who have struggled to contain opposition batters in the final overs.