The 2017 IPL auction has changed the lives for a number of players in more ways than one as franchises threw heavy money at some of the top players in the game and then at some unknown players as well. Ben Stokes was one of the most talked about and sought after players leading into the 2017 IPL auction and it was no surprise to see the franchises fighting it out.
The English players led the way as Stokes was picked up by the Rising Pune Supergiants for a whopping 14.5 crores, Tymal Mills was bought by the Royal Challenges Bangalore for 12 crores, their T20 captain Eoin Morgan was bought by Kings XI Punjab for 2 crores and Jason Roy went for 1 crore to the Gujarat Lions. Stokes had listed his base price as 2 crores but the biggest surprise would have been Mills who had his base price at just 50 lakhs.
Some of the other costly buys during the IPL auction included New Zealand’s Tent Boult who went for 5 crores to the Kolkata Knight Rides and South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada who went to the Delhi Daredevils for 5 crores as well. Some of the other fast bowlers who commanded good prices at the auction included retired Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson who was bought by the Mumbai Indians for 2 crores, fellow Aussie Pat Cummins who was picked up for 4.5 crores by the Delhi Daredevils and Nathan Coulter Nile for 3.5 crores to the Kolkata Knight Riders.
There was a big demand for all-rounders and the franchises were prepared to pay a lot of money to secure the services of international all-rounders. Chris Woakes from England was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for 4.2 crores; New Zealand’s Corey Anderson was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for 1 crore, Australia’s Dan Christian was bought for 1 crore by the Rising Pune Supergiants and Sri Lanka’s Angelo Matthews was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for 1 crore.
There were also a few surprises at the auction as some of the franchises showed no interest in players who were expected to be sold for a lot of money. Players who missed out during the first two rounds of the auction included the likes of Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Ross Taylor, Kyle Abbot, Jonny Bairstow, Imran Tahir and Thisara Perera.