Highlights IPL Auction 2017: Ben Stokes, Tymal Mills emerge top buys at close of event

Feb, 20 2017 IST

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    That's it from us on our coverage of the IPL 2017 player auction. We sincerely hope we were able to keep you updated on the purchases as and when they happened, and that we were able to do so in an informative, but fun manner. 

    This is Amit signing off for now  on behalf of our team as well as the experts who have contributed to this blog. We'll be back again in full swing three days later at the start of the first Test between India and Australia in Pune. Till then, goodbye. 

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    Top 10 buys:

    Ben Stokes (Rising Pune Supergiants): Rs 14.50 crore.

    Tymal Mills (Royal Challengers Bangalore): Rs 12 crore.

    Trent Boult (Kolkata Knight Riders): Rs 5 crore.

    Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Daredevils): Rs 5 crore.

    Pat Cummins (Delhi Daredevils): Rs 4.5 crore.

    Chris Woakes (Kolkata Knight Riders): Rs 4.2 crore.

    Rashid Khan Arman (Sunrisers Hyderabad): Rs 4 crore.

    Nathan Coulter-Nile (Kolkata Knight Riders): Rs 3.5 crore.

    Karn Sharma (Mumbai Indians): Rs 3.2 crore.

    T Natarajan (Kings XI Punjab): Rs 3 crore.

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    IPL 2017 auction: From Ishant Sharma to Imran Tahir, complete list of players who went unsold

    Asghar Stanikzai joined the likes of India's Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Pragyan Ozha, South African Imran Tahir, West Indians Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels, to remain unsold in the IPL 2017 auction so far.

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    Click on this list to glance through the players who missed out on an IPL contract this year. 

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    IPL 2017 auction: From Ben Stokes to Eoin Morgan, list of players sold so far

    England all-rounder Ben Stokes became the most expensive foreign player in Indian Premier League history when he was bought by the Rising Pune Giants for Rs 14.5 crores at auction on Monday.

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    Click on the above article to go through the full list of players who were sold in the IPL 2017 auction. 

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  • 27 overseas players, including two Afghans were bought. In all 66 cricketers went under the hammer. Not much space for teams to manouver. Mumbai had a solid core, as indeed RCB, RPS, GL and the rest. Ben Stokes going for Rs 14.5 crore was story of the day. Probably got more than double from his Pakistan and Big Bash salareis put together.Good purse for Indian youngsters T Natarajan (3 cr), Varun Aaron (2.8 cr), Md Siraj (2.6 crore) Karn Sharma (3.2cr), K Gowthan (2cr), Aniket Choudhry (2cr), , M Ashwin (1 cr).

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    Well that ended quicker than expected, but the day did throw in a few surprises towards the end of the day. 

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    Chaitanya Bishnoi remains unsold as the re-presenatations come to an end, as does the player auction for the tenth edition of the cash-rich league. 

  • Sayan Ghosh picked up 14 wickets in Indian T20 2016/17 season which is the second most by any bowler. His strike-rate of 12.2 is the best for any bowler who have taken more than 10 wickets in Indian T20 2016/17 season.

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    Kanishk Seth is not taken by anyone, while Lockie Ferguson is sold to RPS for Rs 50 lakh. 

  • Manoj Tiwary scored 152 runs in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy while playing for Bengal and East Zone at an average of 50.66 and a strike rate of 143.39. He scored 643 runs in Ranji Trophy 2016/17 at an average of 49.46 which is the most by any Bengal batsman in Ranji Trophy 2016/17. 

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    Sayan Ghosh sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for a sum of Rs 10 lakh. 

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    Manoj Tiwary sold to Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 50 lakh. South African all-rounder David Wiese though, gets no takers in what is his third and final chance. 

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    KKR bid for Darren Bravo for Rs 50 lakh, and that is the final deal as far as the West Indian left-handed batsman is concerned. 

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    Aksh Deep Nath goes to Gujarat for Rs 10 lakh. 

  • Venky Mysore: "Eden Gardens pitch has changed. So we are going for pacers also. We have good spinners. Needed pacemen as pitches in the country are changing. So we went for Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter Nile. Watch out for Ruvman Powell. We have a team in CPL and he's known as junior Andre Russell there. Very exciting player. Our ex-coach Trevor Bayliss is England coach He said Chris Woakes will become world class all round bowler -- new ball and slog overs. So we are very happy."

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    A total of eight unsold players will go under the hammer again after the brief interval. 

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    Break taken at the moment. We'll be back shortly.

  • Ishank Jaggi scored three fifties in his last four T20 innings. Moreover, he was the fourth highest run-scorer (278 runs at an average of 46.33 and a strike rate of 139.00) in India’s 2016-17 season in T20 cricket. He also now holds the record of scoring most runs in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He has scored 1246 runs from 47 matches in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at an average of 34.61 and a strike rate of 120.03. Jaggi was also the highest scorer for Jharkhand in Ranji Trophy 2016-17 season as he scored 890 runs from 10 matches at an average of 59.33 with four centuries. 

  • Hardly a bid now. Siraj, Hyderabad's 22 year-old fast bowler went for Rs 2.6 crore. Fierce bidding there. Otherwise a rather dull finishing stage of the auction. Rs 10 lakh players being mopped up without bidding. May be some big players could sneak in now for a low price though.

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    Now the franchises can pick upto three names who have gone unsold so far, with a maximum of 24 unsold players going under the hammer once again in the next round. 

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    Pratham Singh is the last name in this section, and he goes to Gujarat Lions for Rs 10 lakh. 

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    No takers for Ashton Turner at Rs 10 lakh. KKR though, rope in Sanjay Yadav and Ishank Jaggi for Rs 10 lakh. Rahul Tripathi goes to RPS for Rs 10 lakh. 

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    No takers for Amit Verma, or for Himmat Singh. 

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    Shubam Agrawal sold to Gujarat Lions for Rs 10 lakh. 

  • Munaf Patel last played an IPL match on May 21, 2013 (for MI v CSK at Delhi). Since 2015, he has taken only three wickets in T20 cricket from 11 matches. 

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    Gujarat Lions bag Shelley Shaurya for Rs 10 lakh. 

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    No bids for Baba Indrajith at Rs 10 lakh. 

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    No takers for Bangladeshi all-rounders Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Sabbir Rahman and Mahmudullah. 

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    Gujarat Lions bag UAE's Chirag Suri for Rs 10 lakh. 

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    No takers for Tajendra Singh and Virat Singh. The latter put up blazing performances for East Zone in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, though that was not enough to impresss the franchise bosses. 

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    Black Cap Ben Wheeler finds no takers either. As does Kesrick Williams from the West Indies, priced at Rs 30 lakh. 

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    Colin de Grandhomme and Andile Phehlukwayo go unsold. As is the case with South African Dwaine Pretorius. 

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    Milind Tandon and K Khejroliya go to RPS and MI respectively, both for Rs 10 lakh. 

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    No takers for H Bhatia. Rinku Singh, though, goes to KXIP for Rs 10 lakh, as is the case with Shashank Singh to DD for the same price. 

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    Gujarat Lions express interest at Munaf Patel, priced at Rs 30 lakh. That remains the only bid for Patel, who will now play in the Suresh Raina-captained franchise. 

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    No takers for Kiwis Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson. Santner, incidentally, shot to fame after triggering a collapse in the ICC World T20 match against India last year. 

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    Two-time World T20-winning captain Darren Sammy now into the fray, with KXIP making the opening bid at Rs 30 lakh. That is the only bid, and the wooden spooners in the previous edition gain his services. 

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    KKR make the opening bid for West Indian Rovman Powell at Rs 30 lakh, and the Gautam Gambhir-led side secure his services. 

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    Wayne Parnell is next in the list. No bid for him either. 

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    Jimmy Neesham, New Zealand all-rounder, is unsold for Rs 50 lakh after a lack of bids. 

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    Dan Christian sold to Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 1 crore. Colin Munro, who holds the record for the second-fastest T20I fifty, remains unsold though. 

  • Ben Laughlin picked up nine wickets in BBL 2016/17 with an eco, rate of 6.09. His economy rate is the second least among all the bowlers who had taken five or more wickets in BBL 2016/17. However, his career T20 economy rate is 7.61. He has taken 121 wickets from 97 T20s so far.

  • 14:35 (IST)

    Asela Gunaratne, who put up a spectacular match-winning 84 for Sri Lanka against Australia, going under the hammer now. Mumbai Indians make the opening bid, with nobody else expressing any interest whatsover. 

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    Joe Burns, Australian opener, comes into the picture at Rs 30 lakh. No one interested in him though.


  • Interesting buy Bily Stanlake for RCB. He stands 6'10" tall. Just 22 years of age. Right arm fast bowler, left hand bat. Australia have high hopes on the youngster. Has pace and gets steep bounce. One for the future.

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    RPS open the bid for Saurabh Kumar, and secure his services for Rs 10 lakh. 

Preview: There will be a strong focus on buying uncapped Indian players with eight franchises gearing up to pick a maximum of 76 out of the 350 plus, who will go under the hammer at the auction for the 10th Indian Premier League (IPL) in Bengaluru on Monday.

This is the last auction of the 10-year cycle after which all players are set to go back into the auction pool. While the maximum squad strength can be 27, most franchises like to keep squad base between 22 and 24.

The base price ranges from Rs 10 Lakh to Rs 2 crore and there could be a clamour for uncapped Indian players based on their performances during the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Representative photo.

Representative photo.

It will be interesting if Test specialist Ishant Sharma, not one of the most sought after players in the shortest format, invites bidders at a premium base price of Rs 2 crore.

At his base price and his erratic bowling in the format, Ishant is a tricky pick. Being a current India player is his only USP as franchises also need faces for brands to invest in them.

But Irfan Pathan, now dubbed as an 'IPL specialist' with a base price of Rs 50 lakh and his all-round abilities, can get a few bids. Fast bowler Varun Aaron, with a reasonable Rs 30 lakh base price, is expected to attract bidders.

Among the uncapped Indian players, young performers like Jharkhand batsman Virat Singh and teenage sensation Prithvi Shaw (both Rs 10 lakh) can attract good bids.

Rookie left-arm speedsters T Natarajan of Tamil Nadu, Kulwant Khejroliya of Delhi along with right-arm pacer Basil Thampi of Kerala could also invite good bids. All three are in the lowest base price bracket of Rs 10 lakh.

Khejroliya and Natarajan have appeared for trials at multiple franchises and Thampi bowls at 140 clicks regularly with an ability to hit the blockhole during death overs.

A clutch of top England players, including dashing all-rounder Ben Stokes, limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan (back in auction) and hard-hitting opener Jason Roy have entered the fray but in all likelihood will only be available for the month of April.

England are lined up to play two ODIs vs West Indies (May 5 and 7) and then another three-match series against South Africa, starting May 24.

One can safely assume that England players won't be available post April 30 and the high base price of Rs 2 crore for Stokes and Morgan along with Rs 1 crore for Roy will make franchises think twice before going into the bidding war.

In case of Stokes, being an all-rounder obviously helps and as a complete package he can make a difference even if he plays 8-10 matches for his franchise.

Prolific West Indies opener Evin Lewis, who hammered Indian bowlers in Florida T20s and South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada could be hot picks. With Lewis again, the problem will be his scheduling.

Sri Lanka's new kid on the block, Asela Gunaratne, who scored 46-ball 84 to help his team beat Australia in the second T20 today, would have a good chance of getting picked tomorrow. His base price is Rs. 30 lakhs.

The auction pool is an interesting mix with five Afghanistan players. But Mohammed Shahzad (BP Rs 50 lakh) with his pyrotechnics and spinner all-rounder Mohammed Nabi (BP Rs 30 lakh) may get deals, which will be a historic first and big boost for India's friendly neighbourhood.

Save Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab -- the two perennial under-achievers, the core of most of the teams is set.

Kings XI Punjab and Daredevils, with purse of Rs 23.35 crore and Rs 23.10 crore respectively may engage in some heavy duty buying. RCB with Rs 11.55 crore and Rs 12.82 crore have the least budget.

One shouldn't be surprised if Delhi indulges in buying a rookie or a seasoned player for a bomb as has been the trend with them over the years only to dump them next year terming it as "cost rationalisation".

Pawan Negi's million dollar deal during last year's auction was an embarrassment for the GMR-owned franchise as they were forced to dump the puny left-arm spinner this year.

He is back into the auction pool at a base price of Rs 30 lakh. Expect Negi to fetch a deal but may be not half as striking as last year.

It will be an interesting eight hours in the Garden City as the franchises loosen their purse strings.

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Published Date: Feb 20, 2017 04:05 pm | Updated Date: Feb 20, 2017 04:10 pm

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