February 18, 2018

Ben Stokes signed for £1.4m by Rajasthan Royals in 2018 IPL

27 January 2018, 08:21 | Marlene Fleming

Ben Stokes signed for £1.4m by Rajasthan Royals in 2018 IPL

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Initially, he was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 5. But the Punjab team roped him in with Rs 7.6 crore.

Sanju Samson has been bought by for a whopping price of Rs. 8 crore by Rajasthan Royals.

As soon as they landed, phones were switched on and talk immediately turned to Stokes' price tag, Root's snub and Jason Roy, who had joined Dehli Daredevils for £168,750 (his base price). Inform Batsmen Colin Munro sold Rs 1.90 Crores for DD.

The Bangalore franchise who are yet to win the IPL title nailed the likes of Chris Woakes and Umesh Yadav to bolster their seam department.

Vijay Shankar - Sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 3.2 crore. Kedar Jadhav was bought for Rs 7.80 crore (Rs 2 crore) and former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson for Rs 4 crore (Rs 1.5 crore) by CSK. Well, for one, CSK will try and buy back as much of their core, as will Mumbai.

75 lakh ($161,500): Martin Guptill.

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The 19-year-old Rashid Khan from Afghanistan, who was given the name "million dollar baby" last season, once again emerged as favourite among the owners of eight teams. RCB opened the bidding for him, followed by Mumbai, and sealed the deal without having to break the bank. Chief among the lot are allrounder Ben Stokes and Test captain Joe Root, both of whom are part of the two sets of marquee players who will come up first for bidding on Saturday. Even Royal Challengers Bangalore, for whom he has played many match-winning knocks, didn't raise a paddle for him. MI, as expected, used RTM to regain Kieron Pollard after Delhi Daredevils brought him for Rs 5.40 crore. Chris Gayle was unsold as no team started the bid. Also, I had made one mistake in one auction where I was like 'let's wait, we will use our money on some other player.' and it doesn't quite work out.

Ben Stokes was signed for £1.4m in this year's Indian Premier League auction by the Rajasthan Royals. Pandey was at the centre of an intense bidding war between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).

Australian middle-order batsman Chris Lynn stays with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 9.60 crore. These include 361 Indian cricketers and 25 from England. "Chennai got the South African captain at a very good price". IPL2018 will also see the return of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings, after a suspension of two years, in place of Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant.

The full list of players up for auction can be found at, while the Times of India provided the remaining budgets for each side ahead of the auction.

KKR have the option of using a "Right to Match" for their talismanic skipper, Gautam Gambhir, and it is entirely possible that the management figured that using a "Right to Match" was the best option for the team to have more flexibility with their budget.

Nor were the owners of the now defunct Pune franchise who spent big on Stokes a year ago and were rewarded handsomely, with the Durham man being named the player of the tournament.

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