Ben Stokes became the most expensive foreign player in the history of Indian Premier League auctions while star Indian players like Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Irfan Pathan remained unsold.

The 10th Indian Premier League auction was an action-packed affair. There was plenty of interest around England’s dynamic cricketers while two Afghanistan players also found buyers.  

That’s it from the Indian Premier League auction this year. Indian cricketers Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Irfan Pathan remained unsold and won’t be featuring in this year’s IPL. England all-rounder Ben Stokes fetched the highest bid price of Rs 14.50 crore from Rising Pune Supergiants. He is now the most expensive foreign player to be bought in the history of IPL while his England teammate Tymal Mills got Rs 12 crore from Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The Biggest surprise in this auction was  Afghanistan cricketers Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan who created history as defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad took the pair. The biggest surprise was the clamour for India’s uncapped cricketers, who made crores in an action-packed auction.


Among the Indians, Railways leg-break bowler Karn Sharma was bagged by Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.2 crore and Tamil Nadu left-arm pacer T Natarajan was picked for Rs 3 crore by Kings XI Punjab. Known as a death-overs specialist with accurate yorkers, Natarajan came into focus in the inaugural Tamil Nadu Premier League and went on to shine in the Ranji Trophy.

It was a big pay day for Karnataka all-rounder K Gowtham, Rajasthan left-arm pacer Aniket Choudhary and all-rounder Pawan Negi as well. Gowtham and Choudhary were picked for Rs 2 crore by Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively, Pawan Negi was bought by RCB for Rs 1 crore. Bought for a staggering Rs 8.5 crore last time by Delhi Daredevils and then released, the price tag this time must have come as a big relief for Negi.

After going unsold in the first round, pacers Mohammad Siraj and Varun Aaron were bought for good prices when put up for bidding the second time. Siraj was picked by Sunrisers for Rs 2.6 crore and Aaron by Kings XI for Rs 2.8 crore.

Among the foreigners to benefit in the second bidding, Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile was purchased by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 3.5 crore.

The more established names like Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Pragyan Ojha, Cheteshwar Pujara, Parvez Rasool and RP Singh went unsold. Ishant’s high base price of Rs 2 crore seemed to have backfired.


The England players were fresh in memory of Indian franchises and Stokes, Mills, Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan, Chris Jordan and Jason Roy profited. Woakes was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 4.2 crore while Morgan (Rs 2 crore), Jordan (Rs 50 lakh) and Roy (Rs 1 crore) were picked at their base price by Kings XI Punjab, Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.

Stokes was outstanding throughout on the tour of India, across formats, which ended last month. The all-rounder went for only Rs 1.5 crore less than the all-time highest bid of Rs 16 crore for Yuvraj Singh.

Stokes, however, will not be part of it in the crucial knockout stages as England players are likely to leave for national duty in the first week of May.

Pune coach Stephen Fleming defended their move to go all out for the all-rounder. “We now are in a situation to back youngsters and we have some big-time players. There is an element of risk when you spend big-time money, but we are ready to take that risk. We look strong on paper. It’s the top eight that you really have to respect. You have got three captains so you have leadership. We have bowlers, all-rounders in Mitch Marsh and Stokes,” said Fleming at the auction.

Delhi Daredevils made the early buys, getting two tearaway fast bowlers and two all-rounders. Their best pick was South Africa pace sensation Kagiso Rabada, for Rs 5 crore. While there was no doubt about Rabada going big, Delhi also paid a whopping Rs 4.5 crore for Australian Pat Cummins. Cummin’s career has been hampered by injuries but he is capable of extreme pace when fit.


Overall, as expected, foreign fast bowlers were the most in demand, with left-arm pacers making hay. Apart from Mills, Rabada and Cummins, there was strong bidding for Trent Boult. The Kiwi left-arm pacer, who can swing the ball at pace, was snapped up by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 crore. Mitchell Johnson also got sold, at his base price of Rs 2 crore, to his old club Mumbai Indians. Boult was part of the winning team Sunrisers Hyderabad last season and Johnson had helped Mumbai Indians win in 2013.

Tymal Mills went to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 12 cr.


Mills benefitted as a lot of franchises got into bidding for him. Mumbai Indians, Punjab and KKR all stretched the price before RCB could get their man. RCB needed a replacement for Australia spearhead Mitchell Starc, and went on to get Mills for what is the highest price for a bowler in IPL auction. RCB had Rs 5 crore added to their purse after losing Starc on auction eve. Apart from being a like for like replacement, the advantage of having the left-arm quick is that, unlike other England cricketers, Mills will be available throughout the season.

He can bowl at 150 kph and has a really good slower ball. I saw him at the Big Bash League,” said RCB coach Daniel Vettori.


All-rounder Mohammad Nabi became the first Afghanistan player to be picked in the auction. An off-spinner and middle-order batsman, Nabi has been the backbone of the Afghanistan team for the last five years. Sunrisers bought him, but surprisingly splurged Rs 4 crore for his younger team mate, Rashid Khan.


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