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IPL most expensive players after £1.68m Chris Morris tops Ben Stokes’ mega deal and Virat Kohli on top

SOUTH AFRICAN all-rounder Chris Morris became the richest overseas player in the IPL at this year’s auction.

The 33-year-old was snapped up by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping £1.68million last month.

Ben Stokes is England’s most expensive IPL star and plays for Rajasthan Royals

And he will join England’s all-round star Ben Stokes, who himself cost £1.31m, in lining up for the Jaipur-based side.

Royal Challengers Bangalore also spent big in this year’s auction on two overseas recruits.

Virat Kohli’s men splashed out on New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson for £1.53m and explosive Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell for £1.46m.

But nobody in the mega-bucks tournament costs more than Kohli himself, with the Indian captain paid £1.75m.

Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni and Mumbai Indians leader Rohit Sharma both earn £1.53m.

Those two sides have won eight titles between them since the tournament started back in 2008.

Kohli’s Bangalore, meanwhile, have never got their hands on the IPL trophy and will be hoping that changes this year.

Another side that have never won the trophy also went big at this year’s auction as Punjab Kings forked out £1.46m on Aussie Jhye Richardson.

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Chris Morris was picked up for £1.68m by Rajasthan Royals

India captain Virat Kohli is paid £1.75m by Royal Challengers Bangalore

Two more Australians complete the list of most expensive recruits – David Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad (£1.24m) and Steve Smith for Rajasthan Royals (£1.24m).

This year’s tournament takes place from April 9 to May 30 across India all at neutral venues.

Teams will play each other twice in the group stage over six weeks before the top-four teams advance to the playoffs.

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