Who Are The Most Expensive Players In LPL 2024?

Who are the most expensive players in LPL 2024? All You Need To Know!

Sri Lankan pacer Matheesha Pathirana became the most expensive player in the history of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) and grabbed the most lucrative offer of USD 120,000 (INR 99 lakhs / LKR 3.59 crores approximately) during the auction. The auction for the 5th edition of the LPL was held in Colombo on 21st May 2024 (Tuesday) and included a participation of 420 cricketers, which includes 154 Sri Lankan players and 266 overseas core players.

There was an intense bidding war during the auction where players grabbed impressive deals. The fast bowler from the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) — one of the top franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has been acquired by the LPL franchise Colombo Strikers.

The opening match of the LPL 2024 seems to be the continuation of the previous season’s finals where the defending champions B-Love Kandy will lock horns against the runner-up Dambulla Sixers on July 1.

It would be interesting to find out the expensive players and the participating teams in the LPL 2024.

LPL 2024 Participating Teams

Five different teams are set to participate in the LPL 2024 namely:

  1. Jaffna Kings
  2. Dambulla Sixers
  3. Colombo Strikers
  4. B-Love Kandy
  5. Galle Marvels 

How did Matheesha Pathirana become the most expensive player in LPL history?

Matheesha Pathirana entered the LPL 2024 auction with a base price of USD 50,000 and was initially taken upto USD 120,000 by Galle Marvels, the franchise that shattered several LPL records. However, the Galle’s joyful moment was shortlived as Colombo Strikers used their Right to Match (RTM) card to retain Pathirana on their side.

Moreover, Pathirana’s bowling style is similar to the former Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, and has made valuable contributions to his team at domestic and international level cricket matches.

 5 Most Expensive Players List and Their Worth in LPL 2024

Along with Matheesha Pathirana, other players secured the most expensive package, and here is the list of 5 most expensive players of LPL 2024 tabulated below:

S. NoPlayerNationLPL TeamRoleNet Worth (in USD)
1.Matheesha PathiranaSri LankaColombo StrikersBowler120,000
2.Isuru UdanaSri LankaGalle Marvels Bowler100,000
3.Dasun ShanakaSri LankaB-Love KandyAll-rounder85,000
4.Charith AsalankaSri LankaJaffna KingsBatter80,000
5.Dushmantha ChameeraSri LankaB-Love KandyBowler70,000

Matheesha Pathirana Salary: IPL vs LPL

The salary of Matheesha Pathirana is almost 5 times higher than what the CSK franchise offers him for one IPL season. This is because CSK acquired the services of the young Sri Lankan pacer at a base price of INR 20 lakhs in the IPL 2022 mega auction and retained him for the next two seasons at the same price tag. Whereas in LPL 2024, Pathirana’s salary is INR 99 lakhs.

Impressive Stats of Expensive Players in LPL 2024

From the above list, you might have observed that only the Sri Lankan cricketers have ranked in the top 5 spots by becoming the most expensive players of LPL 2024, and it would be interesting to find out their stats in detail:

1. Matheesha Pathirana:

The 21-year-old Sri Lankan cricketer has played 12 ODIs and took 17 wickets with his best bowling figures of 4-32, whereas in T20Is, he played 9 matches and grabbed 14 wickets for his national team, including his career-best bowling figures of 4-24. However, Pathirana is eagerly waiting to make his test debut. 

In IPL, Matheesha Pathirana played 20 matches for his team Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and claimed 34 wickets in 2 seasons, which includes his best bowling performance of 4-28 against Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2024.

2. Isuru Udana: 

The Sri Lankan bowling all-rounder Isuru Udana has made a significant contribution to his team in white-ball cricket since his debut in 2009. He took 21 wickets in 18 ODI matches with his best performance of 3-82 and 27 wickets in 32 T20Is, which includes his best bowling figures of 11-3.

Udana marked his IPL debut in 2020, representing Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), which was his last season as well. He took 8 wickets in 10 matches and holds the best bowling in innings of 2-41.

3. Dasun Shanaka:

As a 32-year-old batting all-rounder, Dasun Shanaka has made a brilliant contribution with the bat and ball. The right-handed batter scored 2,895 runs in his international cricket career (ODIs- 1299, T20Is- 1456 and Tests- 140). Whereas in IPL, Dasun scored just 26 runs in 3 innings for his team Gujarat Titans in 2023. 

In terms of spin bowling, Shanaka took 33 T20I wickets with the best performance of 3-16 and 27 ODI wickets with impressive bowling figures of 5-43. When considering the red-ball format, he took 13 wickets in 8 test innings, which includes his best bowling in innings figures of 3-46 and 5-112 in the overall match.

4. Charith Asalanka: 

There is another Sri Lankan batting all-rounder on the list who has made an essential contribution to his national cricket team, and it is none other than Charith Asalanka. Here are the stats of Asalanka as a left-handed batter and right-arm off-break bowler in all three formats of cricket listed below:

  • Tests: 88 runs in 6 innings.
  • ODIs: 1918 runs in 52 innings and 5 wickets in 14 innings.
  • T20Is: 1061 runs in 47 innings.

5. Dushmantha Chameera: 

The 32-year-old pace bowler Dushmantha Chameera has delivered an impressive performance in international matches and domestic cricket and the stats are listed below:

  • Tests: 32 wickets in 12 innings (Best bowling figures: 5-47 in innings and 9-115 in a test match) 
  • ODIs: 56 wickets in 51 innings (Best bowling figures: 5-16).
  • T20Is: 55 wickets in 55 innings (Best bowling figures: 4-17).
  • IPL: 9 wickets in 13 innings ((Best bowling figures: 2-17).

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