Ben Stokes was heavily tipped by many to get a good amount in the Indian Premier League and as expected the highly-rated England all-rounder was the centre of attraction when the auction began in Bangalore. He had enjoyed an impressive outing during the India tour where he scored 345 runs in the Test series before scoring 120 runs in the three ODIs at an astonishing strike-rate of over 146.
In fact, the England star was in such huge demand that Mumbai Indians made a bid for him even before his name was announced by the auctioneer. Royal Challengers Bangalore then went neck to neck with Mumbai for securing the services of the all-rounder before Delhi Daredevils Kings XI Punjab tried their luck. The race was eventually won by Rising Pune Supergiants.
The 25-year old, whose base price was RS 2 crore, was bought by the Pune-bases outfit for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Stokes’ whopping price:
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) February 20, 2017
Man, 14.5 cr is a big bid for an English cricketer who hasn't played in India all that much. Brilliant cricketer, but still. #BenStokes
— Chinmay Bhogle (@chinmaybhogle) February 20, 2017
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 20, 2017
Ben Stokes right now… pic.twitter.com/UTVRdwZdPa
Most Expensive Buy:
Ben Stokes: 14.5Cr
Tymal Mills: 12Cr
Kagiso Rabada: 5Cr
Trent Boult: 5Cr
Pat Cummins: 4.5Cr
" Jonny Bairstow close friend of Ben Stokes "
That's how auctioneer introduced him 😂
Ben Stokes' worth as a player…
1. Fielder (50%)
2. Batsman (35%)
3. Bowler (15%)#IPLAuction
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 20, 2017
Ben Stokes in 2016:
Conceded four consecutive Sixes to lose the WT20 in Last Over!
Ben Stokes in 2017:
Sold for 14.5 Cr in IPl Auction
Ben Stokes sold for 14.5 crores in #IPLAuction .
Kohli be like "WTF! Ye mai kya sunn raha hun Ben Chokes!!!"
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) February 20, 2017
Ben stokes economy rate as bowler in T20Is is 9.03. Hope he doesn't turn out to be an illusory allrounder for RPS.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 20, 2017