IPL 2017 news February 20, 2017

Stokes bought by Pune for $2.16 million

ESPNcricinfo staff
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How the bidding war for Stokes progressed

England allrounder Ben Stokes has become the most expensive overseas player ever bought at an IPL auction, going for INR 14.5 crore (USD 2.16 million approx) to Rising Pune Supergiants. He is also the second highest paid player among those currently active in the IPL, behind Virat Kohli, who is paid Rs 15 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore per season.

England fast bowler Tymal Mills also set a new record price for a specialist bowler: he was the second most expensive sale at the tenth player auction, in Bangalore on Monday, and bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 12 crore (USD 1.8 million approx). Allrounder Chris Woakes was the third England player to get a hefty payday; he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 4.2 crore (USD 625,000 approx).

Three other England players bought - all at base price - were: batsman Eoin Morgan for INR 2 crore (USD 300,000 approx) to Kings XI Punjab, batsman Jason Roy for INR 1 crore (USD 150,000) to Gujarat Lions, and allrounder Chris Jordan for INR 50 lakhs (USD 74,000) to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

While demand for England players was expected, Afghanistan allrounder Mohammad Nabi, 18-year-old legspinner Rashid Khan, and UAE batsman Chirag Suri became the first Associate players after Netherlands' Ryan ten Doeschate to get an IPL bid. The Afghanistan players were bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad - Rashid for INR 4 crore (USD 595,000 approx) and Nabi for INR 30 lakh (USD 44,000 approx) - while Suri went to Gujarat for INR 10 lakh (USD 14,000).

Delhi Daredevils were the most active team in the early bidding. Their purchases of Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews for INR 2 crore (USD 300,000 approx), New Zealand allrounder Corey Anderson for INR 1 crore (USD 150,000 approx), South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada for INR 5 crore (USD 750,000 approx) and Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins for INR 4.5 crore, (USD 670,000 approx) exhausted their quota of nine overseas players in the first 90 minutes of the auction.

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IPL auction trends - 'Left-arm quicks in high demand'

Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, did not bid for any of the first 22 players up for sale despite having a squad of only 13 available players before the auction. They were successful in the first player they bid for, buying New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult for INR 5 crore (USD 750,000 approx).

Of the first 108 players that went on sale in the main draw of the auction, only 33 were bought and among them only two from Australia: Mitchell Johnson to Mumbai Indians at his base price of INR 2 crore (USD 300,000 approx), and Cummins to Delhi. More Australians - Nathan Coulter-Nile, Billy Stanlake, Dan Christian and Ben Laughlin - were bought in the second round of bidding after lunch. Coulter-Nile was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 3.5 crore (USD 520,00 approx.) while Stanlake, Christian and Laughlin went at base prices.

The trend among Indians was for the more experienced players to get no bids - Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Pragyan Ojha, Cheteshwar Pujara, Parvez Rasool and RP Singh were unsold - while several uncapped players were picked up at high prices.

Fast bowler Mohammad Siraj was bought by Sunrisers for INR 2.6 crore (USD 390,000 approx), left-arm seamer Aniket Choudhary by RCB for INR 2 crore (USD 300,000 approx.), K Gowtham by Mumbai for INR 2 crore ($300,000), T Natarajan by Kings XI for INR 3 crore (USD 445,000 approx), Basil Thampi by Gujarat for INR 85 lakh (USD 125,000 approx), Karn Sharma by Mumbai for INR 3.2 crore (USD 475 approx), Eklavya Dwivedi by Sunrisers for INR 75 lakh ($110,000), Varun Aaron by Kings XI for INR 2.8 crore (USD 415,000) and M Ashwin by Delhi for INR 1 crore (USD 150,000).

India allrounder Pawan Negi, who was bought for INR 8.5 crore last year and then released by Delhi, was bought by RCB for INR 1 crore (USD 150,000 approx).

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  • cricfan91029047 on February 22, 2017, 12:29 GMT

    Ben stokes is going to perform very well for pune .

  • Tripple555 on February 21, 2017, 17:10 GMT

    If i compare IPL salary from 2007 to 2017 it has gone up more than 200% in year 2022 it will be around $ 10 milion, that will be come very normal. Average cricketer will play only 20 test.

  • TheRealMvp•_• on February 21, 2017, 14:17 GMT

    Everyone here judging stokes by 4 balls . Who's the better player ? Brathwaite or stokes ? Answer that ! Id pick stokes any day

  • cricfan70133237 on February 21, 2017, 11:36 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is better then Ben Stokes.... who is Ben Stokes is shown in last T20 world cup....by Brithwhite

  • uncanny on February 21, 2017, 6:46 GMT

    I am eagerly waiting to see warner's rashid to be tonked by AB and Co. That really was a no brainer to opt for rashid, when you have imran tahir to buy.

  • Siddharth Bhaskar on February 21, 2017, 6:45 GMT

    Very happy for Rashid but i am unable to gather how he got a bid

  • cricfan51302264 on February 21, 2017, 5:43 GMT

    RPS Pune . Your sacking of MSD is shocking. I will boycott all matches of RPS.

  • ullasjp on February 21, 2017, 4:38 GMT

    Most importantly SRH wanted Indian spinner. They could av invested at least in them if not batsemens. Fizz plays all the matches so they can't play extra overseas spinner like Rashid Nabi. So I'm saying they performed horribly in this aauction.

  • ullasjp on February 21, 2017, 4:33 GMT

    @NEEDGREEN last year we saw how badly they were dependent on Warner. This year at least they could av bought couple of good batsemens as a back up. What they'll do if Warner gets injured. They av only one overseas batsmen in backup that to Kane. Whereas they av 10 bowlers. So where the smart buying comes here.

  • mk49_van on February 21, 2017, 4:05 GMT

    Ben - you will now smile *BIG* every time you step on the field in front of Indian cricket fans. 'Cos you know who the boss is - none of that nasty stuff. Be a good little english boy from here on, will you?

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