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:


    An avid sports lover, i always wanted to pursue a career in football. But just like the millions out there i did not put in the hard work needed to achieve my dream and now i have become a fan instead of the player. Anyway, writing for sports has kept me closer to this field. One more thing, yours sincerely is a die-hard Liverpool fan. You will never walk alone.

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