The Indian Premier League has seen some of the most expensive trade deals in its history, with the recent acquisition of Hardik Pandya by Mumbai Indians and the trade of Cameron Green to Royal Challengers Bangalore making headlines. Mumbai Indians announced the acquisition of Pandya from Gujarat Titans, leading to widespread anticipation for the upcoming 2024 season. It was a significant move, as the five-time champions had to release Green, who they had bought for a whopping Rs 17.5 Cr from auction last season, due to Pandya’s hefty INR 15 crore salary cap.
Meanwhile, Pandya was initially picked by the Gujarat Titans before the 2022 auction from the available player pool for the two new franchises, GT and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). Green’s move to RCB in financial terms establishes a notable benchmark, making it the most expensive trade in Indian Premier League history.
The list below showcases some of the biggest trades in the history of the Indian Premier League:
1. Cameron Green to RCB for INR 17.5 crore
2. Hardik Pandya to MI for INR 15 crores
3. Shardul Thakur to KKR from DC for INR 10.75 cr
4. Shikhar Dhawan back to DC in 3-to-1 player deal
5. Quinton de Kock to MI from RCB for INR 2.8 crore
These trade deals highlight the significant financial investments and strategic moves that teams are willing to make to secure top talent for their squads in the Indian Premier League.