IPL Auction 2008

First Ever Auction(2008)

February 19, 2021

IPL History: Looking back at how the first-ever player auction unfolded

First Ever Auction

First Even Auction: The Indian Premier League has come a long way ever since the league’s inception back in 2008. When the initial sketch of the Indian Premier League was outlined, there would have been doubts surrounding the reach of the cash-rich league.

However, with 12 editions gone by, every new season of the IPL comes with much fervor, and the carnival of cricket that has endeavored to revise the dogmas of the classical game attracts viewers and fans from all over the globe.

Certainly, the IPL has transformed the cricketing scenario globally with brand-new players establishing their credentials with some top-flight performances in the league.

The player auctions ahead of each season have proved to produce some exciting moments, with local players earning a fat sum of money, while some big names have also gone unsold in addition to the well-known names earning a big paycheck.

As we move closer to the player auction ahead of 2021 we take a look back at the highlights from the first-ever IPL auction, which was held on two separate days, 20th February and 11th March 2008 in Mumbai.

The total of 77 players including 48 foreign players went under the hammer on the opening day of the player auction, with the established players finding themselves in groups A, B, C and D, while the other players’ services were auctioned under groups E, F, G and H.

First buys of 2008

With a host of international stars available for the IPL franchises to sign, bidding wars ensued for most players, but there were quite a few landmark signings.

Deccan Chargers – Adam Gilchrist

Kolkata Knight Riders – Shoaib Akhtar

Kings XI Punjab – Mahela Jayawardene

Royal Challengers Bangalore – Anil Kumble

Delhi Daredevils – Glenn McGrath

Chennai Super Kings – M.S. Dhoni

Mumbai Indians – Harbhajan Singh

Rajasthan Royals – Shane Warne

Shane Warne became the first player to be sold in the history of IPL when he was purchased by the Rajasthan Royals for his base price of ₹3.21 Crores

The first Indian player to be signed by a franchise in the history of IPL was MS Dhoni who also happened to be the costliest player in the first edition of IPL when he was snapped by Chennai Super Kings for close to 10.73 Crores.

Andrew Symonds was the most expensive foreign signing on the opening day, as he landed a contract worth ₹9.66 crores.



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