The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 mini-auction took place in Kochi on Friday (December 23). England all-rounder Sam Curran became the most expensive player in the history of IPL auction after he was acquired by Punjab Kings (PBKS) for a whopping amount of INR 18.50 crore. Meanwhile, his England teammate Harry Brook was roped in by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for INR 13.25 crores.
Kavya Maran, the daughter of SRH owner Kalanithi Maran, marked her present at the IPL auction table, and was all over the moon after acquiring the services of the young England batter.
Interestingly, she did not bid on Kane Williamson who was the first player to be sold in the set 1. He went to Gujarat Titans (GT) for his base price of Rs 2 crore.
Kavya had come to the auction having made up her mind and with the help of legends Brian Lara and Muttiah Muralitharan got her best buys.
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“My mother, grandmother started crying”: Harry Brook
After being bought by the Sunrisers for IPL 2023, Harry expressed his happiness and thanked the Orange Army for picking him at the auction.
“Hi Orange Army. I am really excited and grateful for this opportunity to come to the IPL this year. I am really looking forward to play for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. I have heard the atmosphere is unbelievable. One of the best grounds in the comp (competition). So, I am really excited for us to be back to Uppal,” Harry said in a video uploaded by SRH on their social media accounts.
Harry also revealed that he was having dinner with his family when SRH bid for him.
“I have lost words, I was having dinner with my mother and grandmother, they were crying when SRH picked me up. Thank you so much SRH,” added Harry.