The 10th season of IPL is more than a month away but the greatest cricketing extravaganza in India has already hogged the limelight.
A day after MSDs sacking of as the captain of Rising Pune Supergiants, the same franchise bought England all-rounder Ben Stokes for a whopping 14.5 crores. This price tag makes him the most expensive oversees player ever in all editions of IPL.
“He’s a complete player and he completes our squad. We’ve been lacking this one genre of player,” Sanjiv Goenka, owner of RSP, was quoted as saying.
Pune piped Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad while making a successful bid for Stokes. The frenzy around Stokes auction came as a bit of surprise as the dashing all-rounder will miss the last leg of the IPL.
“We knew he was going to be there for the first 14 games … We pretty much knew we were not going to get him for below this price,” added Goenka.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made the second most expensive purchase at the auction. Left-arm English fast bowler Tymal Mills, who shot to fame with his fiery fast bowling will don RCB cap in the upcoming tournament.
In all, 66 players were bought for a sum of Rs 91.15 crore by eight different franchisees. Of the 66 players, 27 were oversees players who bagged the IPL 10 contract from different franchises.
Two Afghan players, Rashid Khan Arman and Mohammad Nabi, were bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad and would make their IPL debut this year.