Ben Stokes Gets Highest Purse In IPL

Bengaluru: Eight franchises tried to pick up 76 players out of the lot of more than 350 for the 10th IPL on Monday. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 auction took place here with the representatives of the teams increasing the purse in some unexpected cases. England all-rounder Ben Stokes became the most expensive foreign player in IPL’s history when he was bought by Rising Pune Giants.

27 overseas players including two Afghans were purchased. In the process 66 cricketers went under the hammer. Indian youngsters T Natarajan (3cr), Varun Aron (2.8cr), Md Siraj (2.6cr), Karn Sharma (2.2cr), K Gowtham (2cr), Ankit Chowdary (2cr) and M Aswin (1cr) bagged decent purse.

After Ben Stokes, the highest purse has gone to Tymal Mills (Royal Challenge, Bengaluru) Rs 12cr followed by Trent Boult (Kolkata Knight Riders) RS 5cr, Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Daredevils) RS 5 cr, Pat Cummings ( Delhi Daredevils) RS 4.5 cr, Chris Woakes (Kolkata Knight Riders) RS 4.2 cr, Rashid Khan Arman (Sunrisers Hyderabad) Rs 4 cr, Nathan Coukter Nike (Kolkata Knight Riders) Rs 3.5 cr, Karn Sharma (Mumbai Indians) Rs 3.2 cr and T Nagarajan ( Kings XI Punjab) Rs 3 cr.

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan is sold to Hyderabad for RS 4cr.  The base price ranges from RS 10 lakh to 2 crore. The performance of the players in the recently held Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy have a bearing on the selections. Maximum squad strength for every team can be 27, most franchisers keep the squad limited to 22 to 24.

Irfan Pathan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma remained unsold at their basic price.

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