At the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction in Kochi on Friday, all-rounder in England Sam Curran was bought by Punjab Kings (PBKS) for a record fee of Rs 18.5 crore, making him the most expensive player in IPL history, surpassing former South Africa international Chris Morris.
During the bidding process both Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) initially expressed interest in acquiring the services of Curran, which had a base price of Rs 2 crore. When the price rose to Rs 7 crore, Rajasthan Royals (RR) also participated in the bidding. RCB eventually dropped out, leaving MI and RR in a competitive bidding war. Chennai Super Kings (CSK)PBS and Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) also joined the bidding before Punjab finally bought Curran. The southpaw won the Player of the Tournament award at Australia’s T20 World Cup last month, where he took 13 wickets and earned the Player of the Match award for his performance in the final against Pakistan.
“Very happy to have him on board, he has great skills with both bat and ball. We had two or three all-rounders in mind, Sam was lucky to come up first.” the head coach of Punjab Trevor Bailiss was quoted as saying to the broadcasters.
This is how Twitter responded:
Recording Alert 🚨
Sam Curran 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙮𝙚𝙧 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙄𝙋𝙇 𝙄𝙋𝙇 𝙄𝙋𝙇!
— Indian Premier League (@IPL) December 23, 2022
Sam Curran after IPL bidding: pic.twitter.com/JTH1uuoUqP
— Jans. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 23, 2022
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 23, 2022
The dynamics of small auctions have worked spectacularly for this #SamCurran. Wish him the best with that price tag.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 23, 2022
Record broken, currency rains in Sam Curran’s garden..well deserved.. #IPLAuction
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) December 23, 2022
Bad luck, well played! Go well Sam! pic.twitter.com/VVBdQQM3a3
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) December 23, 2022
Left is right #SamCurran
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) December 23, 2022
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) December 23, 2022
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) December 23, 2022
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) December 23, 2022
Sam Curran becomes the most expensive player in IPL history at £1.95 million 🤯
Merry Christmas 🎄 pic.twitter.com/3AebhK0br3
— The Barmy Army of England (@TheBarmyArmy) December 23, 2022
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