IPL Auction 2016 February 20, 2017

Sixty six players for INR 91.15 crore

A selection of stats and trivia from the IPL auction 2017, including featuring the highest paid overseas player in the tournament's history

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66 Players bought in this auction - 39 of them were Indians, 27 overseas. Gujarat Lions bought the most players (11); Royal Challengers Bangalore the least (5). A total of INR 91.15 crore was spent by the eight franchises, which translates to roughly INR 1.38 crore per player. In all, INR 24.75 crore were spent on Indian players (INR 63 lakh per player approx.) and INR 66.4 crore on their overseas counterparts (INR 2.45 crore per player approx.).

3 Players from Associate teams bought in this auction - Afghanistan's Rashid Khan (INR 4 crore) and Mohammad Nabi (INR 30 lakh) and UAE's Chirag Suri (INR 10 lakh). Rashid and Nabi went to Sunrisers Hyderabad while Lions acquired Suri. Previously, only one Associate player had featured in IPL - Netherlands' Ryan ten Doeschate.

11.84 The selling price to base price ratio of the players picked up by Royal Challengers, the highest among all teams. They bought five players, whose combined base price was INR 1.3 crore, for as much as INR 15.4 crore. They recruited two players at 20 times their base price - England fast bowler Tymal Mills (INR 12 crore from INR 50 lakh) and uncapped India seamer Aniket Choudhary (INR 2 crore from INR 10 lakh). None of the other teams spent more than four times the players' base price, with Lions 1.48 being the lowest ratio.

INR 14.5 crore Ben Stokes's selling price in INR , making him the most expensive overseas player ever bought at an IPL auction. He went to Rising Pune Supergiants. Since 2015 - when INR became the currency of the IPL auction - only Yuvraj Singh's INR 16 crore bid by Delhi Daredevils has topped Stokes'. Stokes' paycheck in USD is approximately 2.16 million.

INR 34.3 crore The money spent on the six England players. Apart from Stokes (INR 14.5 crore) and Mills (INR 12 crore), Chris Woakes fetched INR 4.2 crore, Eoin Morgan INR 2 crore, Jason Roy INR 1 crore and Chris Jordan INR 50 lakh. Thirty-nine Indian players were bought for about INR 10 crore less than England's six players.

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30 The selling price to base price ratio of T Natarajan, the highest in this year's auction. The 25-year old left-arm fast bowler - who has played only 5 T20s so far - was acquired by Kings XI Punjab for INR 3 crore from a base price of INR 10 lakh.

8 The eight most expensive buys in this year's auction were all overseas players. Of them, six were bowlers and two allrounders. The costliest Indian buy was Karn Sharma, who went to Mumbai for INR 3.2 crore. Twenty-two players raked in bids of INR 1 crore and above, out of which 14 were foreign players.

INR 12 crore Tymal Mills' price tag, the highest for any bowler in IPL history. Mills is 24-years old and a T20 specialist. He made his debut for England last year and is noted for the ability to clock 145 kph and mix it up with especially deceptive slower balls. Mills' paycheck in USD is 1.79 million.

3 Teams who completed their quota of 27 players - 18 Indian and nine overseas - Lions, Kings XI and Mumbai. Kolkata Knight Riders have the smallest squad - 23 players.

2 Uncapped overseas players picked up at this year's auction - West Indies' Rovman Powell and UAE's Chirag Suri. There were 30 other uncapped players who landed an IPL franchise, but all of them were Indians. Only nine capped Indian players were sold out in the auction.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath

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  • Karthikeyan on February 22, 2017, 7:39 GMT

    PART 2 OF 2: SRH had the wherewithal to buy, but did not inexplicably address the depletion of their fast bowling reserves adequately, with only the purchase of Chris Jordan's services, making up for it. KXIP & KKR had deep pockets, & while KKR spent nearly a third more than KXIP, they both adequately addressed all their batting / pace / spin dept. requirements; but they did not address the all-rounder X-factor depletion problem enough. Will it be enough to stop KXIP languishing at the bottom-of-the-table for the third consecutive year, & for KKR to break out of the knock-out stages for the first time since 2014 ? MI & RPS spent the most at this auction (71 % & 98 % of their kitties respectively), but did they cover for the lack of a noted spinner (for MI), & a backup tearaway fast bowler for RPS ? I think not. Overall, I think the franchises were trying to purchase the services of a said player too much based on the brand value, rather than how his services would complement their team

  • Karthikeyan on February 22, 2017, 7:38 GMT

    PART 1 OF 2: A key to success in the 2-month long campaign- that is the IPL, is to have good backup. (to cover for injury, sickness, & call of national duty) The 8 franchises used up, on avg, nearly 2/3rds of their budgets to acquire players, & so, let us see how each of the teams addressed this, imbalances, & diversified away the risk of putting all their eggs in one basket. DD does not have an out-&-out pace bowling dept. to support Cummins, & so, their all-rounders would have to step upto the plate. GL's middle-order looks wobbly, (Raina, Karthik, & Bravo), even though they have experience. Can their 2 pairs of explosive openers, (Smith/Finch, & McCullum/Roy) double-up as middle-order ? Spending only 27 % of their budget & completely ignoring this problem seems penny-wise, & pound foolish. For the RCB, spending 86 % of one's budget, & not getting the bang for the buck, can be frustrating. They have not addressed their quick bowling dept's depletion problem by purchasing only Mills.

  • vikasw1895630 on February 21, 2017, 8:46 GMT

    Every team with their own logic buying their own requirement. RCB looks the heaviest on paper but in IPL you never know since Sunrisers beat them last year. MI looks vulnerable unless Rohit Sharma starts firing. Serious challengers RCB & Sunrisers again. MI and 4th team out of KKR/RPS looks set to make semis. GL lacks quality bowling, Delhi and KXIP lacks Indian forepower.

  • Warks on February 20, 2017, 23:03 GMT

    Could we get the prices paid in USD for those outside India please?

  • Nikhil on February 20, 2017, 21:48 GMT

    Delhi looks a good team. Happy that Johnson is back at MI. He and Lasith and now Bumrah can form a good combination. Ishant must wonder how his stars have changed. He made something like $900K in the first season of IPL. It's not the worst thing though. He should go and play county cricket. We will need him for tests and also for the Champs trophy if he goes there and bowls. Even Irfan Pathan should go. These guys have made enough money (That is my opinion, no one can determine what's enough for others) and they should concentrate on what they are good at rather than being fringe IPL players.

  •   BahrumRocky on February 20, 2017, 18:53 GMT

    I can clearly see SRH in final. With their current squad, they can beat even any international team in the world. A perfectly balanced and strongest team IMO in this IPL2017. RCB is good batting side but probably, not enough weapon for T20 (it's 20 over game, you cannot bat after 20 over even though you have plenty of batters). Thus, KKR might be the another finalist. KXIP, RPSG & DD are going to see another worse IPL.

  • Venkatasubramanian on February 20, 2017, 13:05 GMT

    T Natarajan was bought by Kings XI not Mumbai Indians

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