The IPL auction is often mocked in some quarters as it might seem little hard on players who don’t get bids but, finally, it worked well over the past seasons. Even though teams paid far more than players deserved, final bids reflect the demand for skills that a player has. Since the IPL started, South African players have always been the center of attraction. Most of these have even got significant bids from various teams over the decade.
- Dale Steyn (Deccan Chargers) – $1.2 million
The speed machine was at the height of his spells over the recent years in IPL and Dale Steyn was back in the pool of auction in 2011 after his initial shift at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
He was the best fast bowler in the world and he had been popular to blow away the teams in a few spells recently. When he came in 2011 auction, many teams came up with bids and it was Deccan Chargers in the end who managed to have him for whopping $1.2 million. It is the highest bit ever for a South African cricketer.
- AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – $1.1 million
The league is plagued with moments of mistakes on part of teams but nothing can match the decision of Delhi Daredevils of not having AB de Villiers who led them in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The South African legend was one of the best batsman in the world and the most inventive hitters in red-ball cricket. It was obvious that other teams were looking for his services and price rose soon in the hype of quick bidding. Finally he was acquired by Royal Challengers Bangalore for hefty $1.1 million and he became one of the costliest South African players in IPL history.
- Jacques Kallis (Kolkata Knight Riders) – $1.1 million
The former South African legendary all-rounder was in demand despite his age. KKR had been a bit of a stock of laughing during the early years. But they remodeled their team in 2011 with a core group of players. Their intent was to see as they spent much on the very first appearance and Jacques Kallis was one of those players they have spent much for. And he deserved that for his dual skills, experience, open bowling and ability to bat at top order. Despite being in high demand, KKR acquired him for $1.1 million.
- J P Duminy (Mumbai Indians) – $950,000
When Jean-Paul Duminy made his first appearance in Test for South Africa in 2008-09, he became a star overnight for his great performance in Australia. He was naturally known as one of the best talents worldwide at the moment. Finally, he was acquired by Mumbai Indians with bid of $950,000.
- Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Daredevils) – $769,000 (approx.)
He made his debut in 2015 in ODI and took a hattrick. But it was speculation that he might become one of the best fast bowlers. He was not in auction in 2016 but he had grown a lot as bowler in 2017. In the end, Delhi Daredevils bought him for INR 5 Cr (approx. $769,000).