BENGALURU: Benjamin Stokes, an international all-rounder of the English cricket was bought by the by the Rising Pune Supergiants at Rs 14.5 crores becoming most expensive cricketer till date to be featured in the IPL.
Following, the second most expensive player was left-arm pacer and right-hand batsman Tymal Mills, another English cricketer bought as a bowler by the Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rs 12 crores.
Out of the 9 overseas players bought by RCB with funds remaining 2.5 crores, Billy Stanlake, an Australian pacer was one of them, bought at 30 lakhs.
Two players from Afghanistan were listed for the auction for the first time in history. Rashid Khan, Afghanistan cricketer was bought as a bowler at Rs 4 crores and Mohammad Nabi at Rs 3 lakhs. Both the Afghanistan players were bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad. The lone UAE cricketer, Chirag Suri was bought by the Gujarat Lions.
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Around 66 players, out of which 27 were overseas players, were bought by 8 teams., which included Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rising Pune supergiants, Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions, Kolkata Knight Riders and others.
A total amount Rs 91.5 crore being spent at Vivo IPL auction. The auction took place a Ritz Carlton hotel on February 20, 2017.
Among the Indian players Karn Sharma, was the most expensive pick bought by the Mumbai Indians at 3.2 crores. However, Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan, two Indian players for RPS went unsold which shocked many.
“Players were not involved in today’s auction only franchise people took part in the auction,” said S. Muralidhara, Media manager of the Karnataka State Cricket Association.