The VIVO IPL 10 has finally begun with the successful completion of the IPL Auction 2017. There were 352 players who went under the hammer at Indian Premier League 2017 and the auction saw some expensive deals being made. Ben Stokes became the most expensive player in IPL 2017 with a deal of Rs 14.5 crores. The IPL 2017 will be held on April 5, 2017, to May 21, 2017. The VIVO IPL Auction commemorated on February 20, 2017, in Bengaluru. Indian Premier League 2017 has 140 players retained by their respective teams under the player retention policy. The remaining 352 players were auctioned, and there were many shocking bids and some high-intensity bidding wars that people witnessed. The highest paid players in IPL 10 auction were mainly non-Indians, and Karn Sharma became the biggest Indian buy at Rs 3.2 crore. Here is a look at six highest paid players from IPL auction 2017. VIVO IPL 2017 Auction: 8 most expensive players in Indian Premier League T20 history (2008-2016).
Ben Stokes – Rising Pune Supergiants – Rs 14.5 crore
England player Ben Stokes had one of the most exciting auctions of all time in IPL 2017 auction. With a base price of Rs 2 crore, the English star was the centre of attention in the VIVO IPL 2017. Akash Ambani cut an impressive figure, as he raised his team paddle before the bids were open. The bid shot up to 4, 5, 7, nine crores before it settled down. The initial fight was between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sunrisers Hyderabad also fought for the talented cricketer with a big of Rs 13.5 crore, however, Rising Pune Supergiants bagged the deal for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore. Ben Stokes became the highest paid foreigns player in the history of IPL.
Tymal Mills – Royal Challengers Bangalore – Rs 12 crore
Tymal Mills was the second player from England who raised the heat at the auction. Tymal Mills was first noticed by Indians in the India vs. England T20 series, where he earned some necessary wickets. Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians brought up Mills’ price to 7-8 crore from a base price of Rs 50 lakhs. Royal Challengers Bangalore entered late and bagged the fast bowler at Rs 12 crore. When Mitchell Starc discontinued his association with the RCB one day ahead of the auction, it was expected that the team would look for a new pace spearhead. This deal gave RCB England’s best pacer and made Tymal the second highest paid player in the auctions.
Trent Boult – Kolkata Knight Riders – Rs 5 crore
Trent Boult is one of the most talented bowlers in IPL. Despite having a difficult phase with Sunrisers Hyderabad, the New Zealand-based cricketer became one of the highest bid players. With a base price of Rs 1 crore, Trent Boult entered the auction ring to eager team members. Akash Ambani seemed convinced that he wanted to add Boult to Mumbai’s arsenal as he had his paddle raised for most of the initial part of the bidding. However, Trent Boult slipped from Mumbai Indians hands and landed with Kolkata Knight Riders who were in desperate need for a fast bowler.
Kagiso Rabada – Delhi Daredevils – Rs 5 crore
Kagiso Rabada’s auction began with a little hesitation. However, the South African player was known to be one of the most valued international players. With a base price of Rs 1 crore, Rabada gained attention from Virender Sehwag, who wanted to secure the bowler for Kings XI Punjab. However, Delhi played the waiting game to perfection and won the deal at Rs 5 crore. Delhi had already done very good business by the time they bought Rabada, having already signed Angelo Mathews and Corey Anderson in the first part of the auction.
Pat Cummins – Delhi Daredevils – Rs 4.5 crore
Pat Cummins was one of the main targets on Delhi Daredevils List. The team, which did some brilliant business at the IPL auction got into the bidding right from the start. They had identified 23-year-old Australian Pat Cummins as one of their top targets and were willing to spend 4.5 crores on him. With a base price of Rs 2 crore, Pat Cummins created a bidding war between Delhi and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Rashid Khan – Sunrisers Hyderabad – Rs 4 crores
Rashid Khan is an 18-year-old Afghan bowler who was the surprise package in IPL 2017 auction. The bowler who made his debut in 2015 was the source of one of the most interesting bidding wars between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Rashid has represented Afghanistan in 21 T20Is. Rashid Khan’s base price was Rs 50 Lakh which shot up to crores because of Mumbai Indians bidder Akash Ambani. He has scalped 31 wickets from 21 matches at 16.06 and an economy rate of 6.14. In all T20 he also has 47 wickets at 14.80 and boasts an impressive economy of 6.03.