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Teams that hire most expensive players fail to win IPL except once

The team that bought the most expensive player in an auction failed to win the tournament, except in 2013, when the Mumbai Indians hired Glenn Maxwell for 1 million dollars.

By wasmulhaq 
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Mumbai: The Indian Premier League (IPL) is held every year, and IPL franchises purchase players at a high price because they believe that costly players will make the difference in their fortunes. However, teams that win the auction’s most expensive player may want to take a breather before popping the cork.

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The crucial point is that the team that bought the most expensive player in an auction failed to win the tournament, except in 2013, when the Mumbai Indians hired Glenn Maxwell for 1 million dollars.

Punjab Kings have hired England’s all-rounder Sam Curran for the 2023 edition of the IPL, and he has the distinction of becoming the most expensive player in the history of the IPL. Punjab spent INR 18.5 crore to get Curran, who had a base reserve price of INR 2 crore.

High cost, low return

In the opening auction, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was purchased at the maximum price, and his team, the Chennai Super Kings, ended the tournament as runners-up.

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Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen were the highest-paid players in 2009; both the English players got 1.55 million dollars each—even more than Dhoni, who received 1.5 million dollars. Flintoff’s CSK were eliminated in the semifinals, while Pietersen’s Royal Challengers Bangalore finished second that year.

Shane Bond and Kieron Pollard, the New Zealand and West Indies duo, were the most paid players in 2010, but Bond’s Kolkata Knight Riders had to be satisfied with 6th place on the points table while Pollard’s Mumbai Indians were the runners-up.

Why did Punjab Kings spend so much money on Sam Curran is the question.He’s a fantastic young all-rounder, but he’s not a world beater. History proves that most expensive players fail to help their team win the IPL except once, in 2013, when Glenn Maxwell helped his side, the Mumbai Indians, lift the IPL.

Can Sam Curran change the scenario? Only time will reveal the truth.

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