South Africa has always been a nation that has produced top-notch batters and bowlers over the decades. The fans were indeed blessed to see them weave the magic during the passage of the play.
Many Proteas players have gone on to thrive in the Indian Premier League. Rightly so, the IPL franchises didn’t hesitate in splashing the cash to sign the marquee players at the auction.
In this article, we will take a look at the three most expensive South African players in IPL auction history.
1. Chris Morris
Former South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris was once the most expensive player in the IPL after Rajasthan Royals acquired him for a whopping price tag of INR 16.25 crore.
In fact, he registered himself at the auction for his base price of INR 75 lakh and there was an intense bidding war amongst the teams. In the end, Rajasthan Royals had the last laugh in the battle.
2. AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers was one of the best batsmen in the world across all three aspects of the game during the playing days of his cricketing career. Popularly known as “Mr 360”, AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of the game in 2022.
The former Proteas cricketer has been a stellar performer for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. RCB purchased AB de Villiers by paying a staggering salary of INR 11 crore, which made him one of the highest-paid South Africans in the history of the IPL auction.
3. Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada is one of the top pacers in the world. The South African international was purchased by the Punjab Kings franchise for INR 9.25 crores in the Indian Premier League mega auction in Bengaluru.
Kagiso Rabada is the third-most expensive South African player in the history of the IPL auction. Punjab Kings retained the paceman at the IPL 2023 mini-auction in Kochi.