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IPL 2017 auction: English all-rounder Ben Stokes bought by RPSupergiants for a whopping Rs 14.5 cr
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 Players' auction is being held in Bengaluru today. VIVO IPL 2017 will begin on April 5 and end on May 21. Hyderabad will host both the opening and the final games.

The players' auction which began at 9.30 am IST was broadcast live on Sony SIX TV channel. Richard Madley was the auctioneer. Kings XI Punjab went into the auction with the biggest purse of Rs 23.35 crore. For the first time in IPL's history, five players from Afghanistan went under the hammer, while one player from the UAE also invited bids from teams.

The highest base price of Rs 2 crore in the auction was commanded by Ishant Sharma, Eoin Morgan, Chris Woakes, Mitchell Johnson, Pat Cummins and Agelo Mathews. Another 15 players carried the next highest base price of Rs 1.5 crore.

A day prior to the auction, on February 19, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mitchell Starc parted ways and the Australian paceman didn't participate in the auction.

IPL announced, "A total of 357 players including 130 overseas players will go under the hammer. The pool comprises 62 batsmen, 117 bowlers, 148 all-rounders and 30 wicket keepers. 227 uncapped players are waiting to make their debut this season inclusive of 5 players from Afghanistan."

KXIP acquired England skipper Eoin Morgan after opening the bid, as there were no bids from any of the other teams. In the all-rounder's category, Pawan Negi, who had a base price of just Rs 30 lakh and had been bought by Delhi for a whopping Rs 8.5 crore last year, was sold to RCB for Rs 1 crore.

Sri Lankan player Angelo Mathews was sold to Delhi for Rs 2 crore, his base price. However, the most expensive buy in the cash-rich league's auction was English all-rounder Ben Stokes. After RCB opened the bidding for Stokes, Mumbai and Delhi joined in soon and the bid reached Rs 10 crore in no time. But then, Hyderabad increased the bid to Rs 11 crore and later Delhi at Rs 11.5 crore. But Stokes was ultimately acquired by Pune for Rs 14.5 crore. He now holds the record for being the most expensive overseas player and the second most expensive player, after Yuvraj Singh (who had previously been sold for Rs 16 crore) in IPL's almost decade-long history.

New Zealand's Cory Anderson went to Delhi for Rs 1 crore.

Another significant and expensive buy at the auction was South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who fetched Rs 5 crore from Delhi. Kolkata Knight Riders also spent Rs 5 crore in acquiring the services of New Zealand's left-arm paceman Trent Boult. But the most expensive bowler at the auction was T20 specialist Tymal Mills, who went to RCB for Rs 12 crore, which is a lot of money by any standards.

Australian pacer Patt Cummins too was an expensive catch with Delhi buying him for Rs 4.5 crore. Australian player Mitchell Johnson returned to Mumbai Rs 2 crore. Domestic Indian cricketers Tanmay Agarwal and Ankeet Bawane were bought for Rs 10 lakh each by SRH and Delhi respectively.

Afghan player Mohammad Nabi became the first player from his country to be bought at an IPL auction. He was acquired by SRH for Rs 30 lakh. Karnataka's all-rounder offspinner K Gowtham, who has particularly been doing well in domestic cricket was sold to Mumbai for Rs 2 crore. Another lesser-known cricketer Rahul Tewatia was bought by KXIP for Rs 25 lakh.

27-year old left-arm paceman from Rajasthan Aniket Choudhary, who had a base price of Rs 10 lakh, went to RCB for Rs 2 crore. Another surprise development at the auction was Tamil Nadu left-arm paceman fetching a sum of Rs 3 crore from Punjab. Spinner Murugan Ashwin was sold to DD for Rs 1 crore.

18-year leg spinner from Afghanistan Rashid Khan Arman went for a whopping Rs 4 crore to SRH. English all-rounder Chris Woakes, who's base price was Rs 2 crore, was bought by KKR for Rs 4.2 crore. Indian legspinner Karn Sharma sold for Rs 3.2 crore to MI while Kiwi player Matt Henry went into the Punjab camp for Rs 50 lakh. Jaidev Unadkat was acquired by Pune for Rs 30 lakh.

KXIP also bought Jhankhand right-arm fast bowler Varun Aaron for a big sum of Rs 2.8 crore, while Manpreet Gony will play for Gujarat in IPL 10 for Rs 60 lakh. The auction again resumed at 2 pm after a lunch break and bidding started for those players who had remained unsold in the morning session.

The first unsold player to go under the hammer was New Zealand's Martin Guptill, who went to KXIP for Rs 50 lakh. On the other hand, English player Jason Roy fetched Rs 1 crore from Gujarat.

Indian player Saurabh Tiwary, who had been been suffering from lack of form and fitness could fetch only Rs 30 lakh from Mumbai, a huge fall from 2011, when RCB had spent $1.6 million for acquiring his services.

English all-rounder Chris Jordan has now shifted to Hyderbad with SRH buying him for Rs 50 lakh. Another expensive buy was Australian player Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was sold to KKR for Rs 3.5 crore.

Australia's Ben Laughlin and Billy Stanlake were both sold for Rs 30 lakh each to Hyderabad and RCB respectively. Two other surprise picks by Pune were 17-year old Rahul Chahar and Saurabh Kumar who were both bought for Rs 10 lakh each. SRH also won uncapped Indian fast bowler Mohammad Siraj for a whopping Rs 2.6 crore, another surprise pick.

Punjab also bought West Indies' all-rounder Darren Sammy for Rs 30 lakh. Another West Indian Rovman Powell will play for KKR for Rs 30 lakh. Darren Bravo, who also plays for the West Indies was acquired by Kolkata for Rs 10 lakh.

Indian pace bowler Munaf Patel was sold to Gujarat for Rs 30 lakh.

Other significant acquisitions at the IPL 2017 auction were:

  • Manoj Tiwari by RPS for Rs 50 lakh.

  • Sayan Ghosh by KKR for Rs 10 lakh.

  • Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand) by RPS for Rs 50 lakh.

Out of all the 357 players that went under the hammer in the auction, only 66, including 27 overseas player were sold on Monday. The auction concluded around 3:30 pm.

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