IPL Auction: Pune pay 14.5 crore for Stokes, RCB buy Tymal Mills for 12 crore

BENGALURU, 20th FEB: The Indian Premier League 2017 auction on Monday witnessed two English cricketers become millionaires, all-rounder Ben Stokes and paceman Tymal Mills were bought for astronomical amounts as a total of 66 players were eventually sold to the eight franchises. Out of the 66 players, 27 were overseas cricketers. Stokes, who was expected to be hot property in what is going to be his first season in the IPL was bought for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore by Rising Pune Supergiants. This makes him the second most expensive player ever to have been bought in an IPL auction after Yuvraj Singh.

              The other English player who drew a big bidding war was left-arm paceman Tymal Mills, who was finally bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 12 crore. With Mitchell Starc bailing out of this season, Virat Kohli's outfit needed an overseas paceman and they were headstrong in going all the way for Mills.

              There were other pacers too who drew lot of attention, although they didn't go for such an astronomical figure. South African Kagiso Rabada was bought for Rs 5 crore by the Delhi Daredevils who too needed reinforcements after releasing their Australian recruit Nathan Coulter-Nile after last season. New Zealand's Trent Boult was snatched by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 Crore. Boult, who won the IPL title with the Sunrisers Hyderabad team last season was released by his franchise. The paceman was a never a straight out choice in the presence of the likes of Mustafizur Rehman and can now look forward to some regular first team action this season.

            Australian duo of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Johnson also fetched a good price at the auction. Cummins, who is known for his blistering pace, was bought for Rs 4.5 crore by Delhi Daredevils while 2015 ICC World Cup winner Johnson was bought for Rs 2 crore by Mumbai Indians, a franchise the Aussie had represented earlier. Another England player was sold for a high price. Bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes, who is known for his wicket-taking abilities in the limited-overs format, was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 4.2 crore.

            Among the batsmen, England's limited overs captain Eoin Morgan, who was released by Sunrisers Hyderabad, was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2 crore. This will be Morgan's third IPL outfit having already represented Kolkata Knight Riders and the Sunrisers. The Delhi Daredevils spent heavily on foreign talent and bought two seam bowling all-rounders in New Zealand's Corey Anderson, for Rs 1 crore, and Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews for Rs 2 crore.

            The Sri Lankan captain has already played for the Daredevils earlier while Anderson, who was a star for the Mumbai Indians once, will play his maiden season for thecapital outfit. Among the uncapped players, Karnataka batsman K Gowtham was bought for Rs 2 crore by the Mumbai Indians. Gowtham recently scored a half-century against Australians while playing for India A in the tour match.

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