The Record-Breaking Auction: MS Dhoni’s Big Bucks in the Inaugural IPL Auction

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Former Indian captain MS Dhoni had clinched the highest bid in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction. He was the ‘golden boy’ with the ICC T20 World Cup trophy in his kitty, winning the title with a fresh Indian team in South Africa in 2007. In He was picked by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for $ 1.5 million.
The CSK skipper has won a record five titles for the team in IPL. When CSK was banned, Dhoni featured for Rising Pune Supergiants for two years.

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In the maiden season of IPL, MS Dhoni smashed 414 runs in 16 matches with an average of 41.40. He had hit two half-centuries with 38 fours and 15 sixes.

Highest bid players in 2008

Player Team Price
MS Dhoni Chennai Super Kings $ 1.5 million
Andrew Symonds Deccan Chargers $ 1.35 million
Sanath Jayasuriya Mumbai Indians $ 975 thousand
Ishant Sharma Kolkata Knight Riders $ 950 thousand
Irfan Pathan Kings XI Punjab $ 925 thousand

IPL’s first Auction

In IPL 2008, there were eight franchises and all where given Ten million dollars each.

Star players like Yuvraj Singh was bought by Kings XI Punjab. Virendra Sehwag went to Delhi, VVS Laxman to Hyderabad, Rahul Dravid to Bangalore, Sourav Ganguly to Kolkata, Sachin Tendulkar to Mumbai.

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