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February 20, 2017
Ben Stokes became the most expensive foreign player in Indian Premier League history in Monday’s auction as he was bought by the Rising Pune Supergiants for £1.7 million.
Tymal Mills was close behind after being bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for £1.4 million.
Imran Tahir and Alex Hales were among those who went unsold, and former cricketer Aakash Chopra was particularly surprised at the former:
Aakash Chopra @cricketaakash
Imran Tahir going unsold is the ‘shocker’ of the day. Can’t fathom how. #IPLAuction
2/20/2017, 8:59:26 AM
Here’s a breakdown of every player bought on Monday, and read on for a closer look at some of the day’s biggest deals:
|IPL Auction 2017|
|Eoin Morgan||2 crores||Kings XI Punjab||2 crores|
|Pawan Negi||30 lakhs||Royal Challengers Bangalore||1 crore|
|Angelo Mathews||2 crores||Delhi Daredevils||2 crores|
|Ben Stokes||2 crores||Rising Pune Supergiants||14.5 crores|
|Corey Anderson||1 crore||Delhi Daredevils||1 crore|
|Nicholas Pooran||30 lakhs||Mumbai Indians||30 lakhs|
|Kagiso Rabada||1 crore||Delhi Daredevils||5 crores|
|Trent Boult||1.5 crores||Kolkata Knight Riders||5 crores|
|Tymal Mills||50 lakhs||Royal Challengers Bangalore||12 crores|
|Pat Cummins||2 crores||Delhi Daredevils||4.5 crores|
|Mitchell Johnson||2 crores||Mumbai Indians||2 crores|
|Ankit Bawne||10 lakhs||Delhi Daredevils||10 lakhs|
|Tanmay Agarwal||10 lakhs||Sunrisers Hyderabad||10 lakhs|
|Mohammad Nabi||30 lakhs||Sunrisers Hyderabad||30 lakhs|
|K. Gowtham||10 lakhs||Mumbai Indians||2 crores|
|Rahul Tewatia||10 lakhs||Kings XI Punjab||25 lakhs|
|Aditya Tare||20 lakhs||Delhi Daredevils||25 lakhs|
|Eklavya Dwivedi||30 lakhs||Sunrisers Hyderabad||75 lakhs|
|Aniket Choudhary||10 lakhs||Royal Challengers Bangalore||2 crores|
|T. Natarajan||10 lakhs||Kings XI Punjab||3 crores|
|Nathu Singh||30 lakhs||Gujarat Lions||50 lakhs|
|Basil Thampi||10 lakhs||Gujarat Lions||85 lakhs|
|M. Ashwin||10 lakhs||Delhi Daredevils||1 crore|
|Tejas Baroka||10 lakhs||Gujarat Lions||10 lakhs|
|Rashid Khan||50 lakhs||Sunrisers Hyderabad||4 crores|
|Pravin Tambe||10 lakhs||Sunrisers Hyderabad||10 lakhs|
|Chris Woakes||2 crores||Kolkata Knight Riders||4.2 crores|
|Karn Sharma||30 lakhs||Mumbai Indians||3.2 crores|
|Rishi Dhawan||30 lakhs||Kolkata Knight Riders||55 lakhs|
|Matt Henry||50 lakhs||Kings XI Punjab||50 lakhs|
|Jaydev Unadkat||30 lakhs||Rising Pune Supergiants||30 lakhs|
|Varun Aaron||30 lakhs||Kings XI Punjab||2.8 crores|
|Manpreet Gony||30 lakhs||Gujarat Lions||60 lakhs|
|Martin Guptill||50 lakhs||Kings XI Punjab||50 lakhs|
|Jason Roy||1 crore||Gujarat Lions||1 crore|
|Saurabh Tiwary||30 lakhs||Mumbai Indians||30 lakhs|
|Chris Jordan||50 lakhs||Sunrisers Hyderabad||50 lakhs|
|Nathan Coulter-Nile||100 lakhs||Kolkata Knight Riders||3.5 crores|
|Praveen Dubey||10 lakhs||Royal Challengers Bangalore||10 lakhs|
|Navdeep Saini||10 lakhs||Delhi Daredevils||10 lakhs|
|Ben Laughlin||30 lakhs||Sunrisers Hyderabad||30 lakhs|
|Billy Stanlake||30 lakhs||Royal Challengers Bangalore||30 lakhs|
|Mohammed Siraj||20 lakhs||Sunrisers Hyderabad||2.6 crores|
|Rahul Chahar||10 lakhs||Rising Pune Supergiants||10 lakhs|
|Saurabh Kumar||10 lakhs||Rising Pune Supergiants||10 lakhs|
|Asela Gunaratne||30 lakhs||Mumbai Indians||30 lakhs|
|Daniel Christian||1 crore||Rising Pune Supergiants||1 crore|
|Rovman Powell||30 lakhs||Kolkata Knight Riders||30 lakhs|
|Darren Sammy||30 lakhs||Kings XI Punjab||30 lakhs|
|Munaf Patel||30 lakhs||Gujarat Lions||30 lakhs|
|Rinku Singh||10 lakhs||Kings XI Punjab||10 lakhs|
|Shashank Singh||10 lakhs||Delhi Daredevils||10 lakhs|
|Milind Tandon||10 lakhs||Rising Pune Supergiants||10 lakhs|
|Kulwant Khejroliya||10 lakhs||Mumbai Indians||10 lakhs|
|Chirag Suri||10 lakhs||Gujarat Lions||10 lakhs|
|R. Sanjay Yadav||10 lakhs||Kolkata Knight Riders||10 lakhs|
|Shelley Shaurya||10 lakhs||Gujarat Lions||10 lakhs|
|Shubham Argawal||10 lakhs||Gujarat Lions||10 lakhs|
|Ishank Jaggi||10 lakhs||Kolkata Knight Riders||10 lakhs|
|Rahul Tripathi||10 lakhs||Rising Pune Supergiants||10 lakhs|
|Pratham Singh||10 lakhs||Gujarat Lions||10 lakhs|
|Akshdeep Nath||10 lakhs||Gujarat Lions||10 lakhs|
|Lockie Ferguson||50 lakhs||Rising Pune Supergiants||50 lakhs|
|Manoj Tiwary||50 lakhs||Rising Pune Supergiants||50 lakhs|
|Darren Bravo||50 lakhs||Kolkata Knight Riders||50 lakhs|
|Sayan Ghosh||10 lakhs||Kolkata Knight Riders||10 lakhs|
For a complete list of those who went unsold, visit ESPNcricinfo.
Ben Stokes, Rising Pune Supergiants
England all-rounder Stokes is making his debut in the competition, and as commentator Harsha Bhogle noted, his fee exceeded expectations:
Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha
Was expecting big money for @benstokes38 but this is a lot! Will have pressure on him to win games for #RPS
2/20/2017, 4:51:07 AM
Indeed, he’s not only the priciest overseas player in IPL history, he’s also not far off the £1.9 million (16 crores) that the Delhi Daredevils paid for Yuvraj Singh in 2015, per the Press Association (h/t the Guardian’s Ali Martin).
What makes the fee all the more remarkable is that Stokes may not even be available to play at the end of the competition due to his commitments with England.
Cricket statistician Mohandas Menon broke down Stokes’ value in each area of the game:
Mohandas Menon @mohanstatsman
Ben Stokes’ worth as a player…
1. Fielder (50%)
2. Batsman (35%)
3. Bowler (15%)
2/20/2017, 5:07:27 AM
Stokes is a fine player, though with ball in hand, Pune will hope he can improve his economy rate. In Twenty20, his overall economy is 8.60, according to ESPNcricinfo—a rate that was bettered by 64 players in the IPL last year—and in the World T20 final, he was hit for four consecutive sixes by Carlos Brathwaite.
Nevertheless, they’ve acquired a fine all-rounder who has the potential to be one of the star’s of this year’s tournament.
Tymal Mills, Royal Challengers Bangalore
After Mitchell Starc pulled out of this year’s IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore were left needing a left-arm fast bowler.
The man replacing the Australian is Mills, who is England’s quickest bowler.
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Former England captain Michael Vaughan was pleased for the 24-year-old, who can only play short-form cricket because of a back injury:
Michael Vaughan @MichaelVaughan
Also delighted for @tmills15..Forced out of the longer format through injury.. Great that T20 has given these type of players another life
2/20/2017, 7:46:57 AM
The rising star expressed his delight at having joined Bangalore:
Tymal Mills @tmills15
Seriously crazy morning! Thank you for all the messages, can’t wait to join up with everyone at @RCBTweets #PlayBold https://t.co/ew03SkZWAm
2/20/2017, 9:22:48 AM
He faces a tough challenge in replacing Starc, who bagged 34 wickets in 27 IPL matches, as well as maintaining an economy of 7.16 and a strike rate of 17.05, according to the tournament’s official website.
Mills’ overall T20 stats aren’t too far off those, having taken 63 wickets in 55 matches with an economy and strike rate of 7.47 and 17.7, respectively—he can fill in capably for Starc if he plays at his best.
Trent Boult, Kolkata Knight Riders
Trent Boult was also among the the top buys on Monday as he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for five crores ($750,000, per the Guardian‘s Geoff Lemon and Russell Jackson).
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The 27-year-old previously turned out for Sunrisers Hyderabad but played in just one match last year.
KKR bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji gave insight into the purchase:
Our bowling coach L Balaji talks about the new additions to our bowling attack. #IPLAuction #KnightsOf2017 https://t.co/d0dal4zz3A
2/20/2017, 9:06:34 AM
Meanwhile, ESPNcricinfo’s Freddie Wilde provided Boult’s recent stats:
Freddie Wilde @fwildecricket
Since the start of 2015 Boult has 21 wickets in 17 matches at an economy rate of 8.59. #IPL #IPLAuction
2/20/2017, 5:07:06 AM
Boult offered a timely reminder of his talents in New Zealand’s T20 international defeat to South Africa on Thursday, as in the midst of a poor Kiwis performance, he took two wickets and conceded just eight runs in four overs.
If he can replicate anything close to that kind of form during this year’s IPL, he could prove to be an outstanding buy.