Huge sums of money and IPL is an eternal pair. During early days, the huge sums have been targeted by many citing the fact that these could be used for some other noble purpose. But in the next few years, critics understood the sums were actually boosting the economy in unprecedented ways. Do you know who was the most paid player in the first season of IPL? Let’s look at the top 10 most expensive players in IPL 2008.
List of Top 10 Most Expensive players in IPL 2008
10. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle, an explosive batter from West Indies was picked by KKR. He was picked at 6.11 Crore. The base price of 1.9 Crore. This left-handed batter went on to become an IPL legend. He then played for RCB and Punjab Kings. He will not play IPL 2022 as his name wasn’t on the auction list.
9. Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh became the 9th most expensive player in IPL 2008. He was picked for 6.5 Crore by Mumbai Indians. Harbhajan has been considered as one of the best spinners in IPL. It was a brave decision from MI as spinners had been expected to go for plenty in that era.
8. RP Singh
RP Singh, the left-hand quickie was picked by Deccan Chargers for 6.68 Crore. This left-hand pacer was an integral part of India’s T20 World Cup-winning campaign in 2007. RP continued his efficient performances in IPL and won Purple Cap in 2010 where his DC won their maiden IPL title.
7. Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis, the allrounder from South Africa got picked at 6.87 Crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore. His base price was 1.71 Crore. His all-around skills helped Kallis to escalate the base price to 6.87 Crore. The Proteas legend then moved to KKR in the upcoming seasons and also had helped youngsters at KKR as a coach.
6. Brett Lee
Brett Lee, the celebrated fast bowler from Australia was chosen by Kings XI Punjab by spending 6.87 Crore. Every penny spent on Brett was worth it as he was one of the greatest bowlers going around. This sum of money makes him the 6th most expensive player of IPL 2008.
5. Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan, just like RP Singh had an amazing ICC T20 World Cup 2008. This swing bowler was selected by Kings XI Punjab for 7 Crore INR. Irfan in the next few seasons of IPL played for Gujarat Lions, Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Rising Pune Supergiant.
4. Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma sits at number 4 in the list of most expensive players of IPL 2008. This name was a surprising one, especially since he had just made his debut for India. Ishant got 7.26 Crore by Kolkata Knight Riders. He never settled into one team for a long time. In total, he has played for 6 IPL franchises. Unfortunately for IPL 2022, no teams showed any interest in him.
3. Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya, the Sri Lankan top-order batter was chosen by Mumbai Indians for 7.45 Crore. This makes him the 3rd most expensive player of the inaugural season of IPL. He along with Sachin Tendulkar formed a destructive opening pair which caused a lot of headaches to the opposition’s bowlers.
2. Andrew Symonds
Andrew Symonds was one of the brightest all-rounders going on during the late 2010s. Deccan Chargers chased him and caught him at 10.31 Crore. He is the only player on this list to have crossed the double-digit barrier. This makes him the 2nd most expensive player of IPL 2008.
1. MS Dhoni
With the aura, the performances, the stats that MS Dhoni had had in 2008, it was expected that he would be the most expensive buys of 2008 IPL and it did happen in the same way. CSK hunted down this lad from Ranchi and spent 11.46 Crore. CSK after 14 long years are still reaping the rewards of that hunt. They have 4 IPL titles under him and an infinite number of various achievements. He will continue to serve CSK for 2022 IPL as well.
Top 10 Most Expensive players in IPL 2008
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