3 Players who were bought most times at IPL Auction
1. Jaydev Unadkat – 8 times
It was in 2010 that Jaydev Unadkat gained the limelight. As a 19-year-old, he made his Test debut for India in 2010 as he replaced Zaheer Khan. However, it was in that year itself Unadkat made his IPL debut. He played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for his first three years in IPL cricket.
In 2010, he featured in just three games but played seven games in 2011. However, that went down to just one game in 2012. Unadkat picked up 10 wickets in these 11 games across three seasons. However, in 2013, he was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for a big sum of $525,000. The left-arm pacer picked up 13 wickets in as many games but mega auctions in 2014 meant he had to go back to the auction pool.
In 2014, he was picked by Delhi Daredevils where he played nine games that year. Next year, he was picked by DD yet again but played just one game in 2015. Hence, Saurashtra left-armer was back in the auctions in 2016 where he was picked by KKR once again. However, opportunities deserted him and hence, in 2017, he became Rising Pune Supergiant’s premier Indian pacer.
2. Yuvraj Singh – 6
Yuvraj Singh was one of the biggest match-winners to have played for India. However, for some reason, he was never a hit in the IPL. He has a great record for India and has had a big impact but it hasn’t been the same in the IPL.
The Punjab southpaw has played for as many as six teams in the history of the IPL but has never found a home or a permanent side. In fact, one of the reasons could well be his performances. Yuvraj has never made more than 400 runs in an IPL season. Hence, he kept switching teams as he was constantly thrown into the auction pool.
In 2008, he was with Kings XI Punjab. The all-rounder played there for three seasons before Pune Warriors India bought him in the 2011 season. In 2014, he made headlines as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) broke the bank to obtain his services (INR 14 crores). In 2015, Delhi did the same and bought him at a higher price (INR 16 crores). However, his price dropped in 2016 when he was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). His inconsistent and poor performances meant that those stocks were at an all-time low in 2018 and 2019. In fact, he attracted just one bidder in the 2019 auctions.
3. Dinesh Karthik – 6
Perhaps, not many players have been in and out of the Indian team as much as Dinesh Karthik. He made his debut before MS Dhoni but lost his place to the latter and kept waiting as an injury-replacement or played as a pure batsman. However, in the IPL, he always was rated highly.
Right from 2008, Karthik attracted a lot of attention. He wasn’t all that successful in the first season but had decent returns in the next two. In 2011, the Tamil Nadu stumper was bought by KXIP for a stunning amount of $900,000. However, before the 2012 season, during the transfer period, he was shifted to Mumbai Indians (MI) where he had a couple of very good years.
In 2014, Delhi bought him for INR 10.5 crores before RCB broke the bank and spent INR 12.5 crores in 2015. In 2016, he was a part of Gujarat Lions which made it four different teams in four years. After spending a couple of years with GL, he was scalped by KKR who then made him the skipper. Hence, Karthik was bought in the auction as many as six times.