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Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 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:


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
ESPNcricinfo

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:


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:


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.

England's Tymal Mills bowling during play in the T20 international cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, on the south coast of England, on July 5, 2016.
England gave a debut to exciting Sussex quick bowler Tymal Mil

IAN KINGTON/Getty Images

Former England captain Michael Vaughan was pleased for the 24-year-old, who can only play short-form cricket because of a back injury:


The rising star expressed his delight at having joined Bangalore:


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).

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 19:  Trent Boult of New Zealand bowls during the First One Day International match between New Zealand and South Africa at Seddon Park on February 19, 2017 in Hamilton, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

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:


Meanwhile, ESPNcricinfo’s Freddie Wilde provided Boult’s recent stats:


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.   



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