Ben Stokes Most Expensive Overseas Player in IPL 2017
Rising Pune Supergiants (14.5 Cr.)
Royal Challengers Bangalore (12.5 Cr.)
Gujarat Lions (10.5 Cr.)
Sun Risers Hyderabad (14 Cr.)
Question in detail
Most expensive overseas player in IPL 2017: While the much awaited auction of the cash-rich league was set to kick start this morning, each franchise had quite a few in-common names on their radar. And Ben Stokes was the most common name in the to-buy list of almost each franchise. The two IPL heavyweights Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore began valuing Stokes but quit betwixt and between. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils also bid for him but couldn't exceed RPS' valuation.
Following a highly-contested bidding war, Rising Pune Supergiants signed in the English all-rounder at a massive INR 14.5 Crore, seven times more than Stokes' base price. This much of pricing entitled Stokes the second most expensive buy (after Yuvraj Singh for INR 16 crore in IPL 2015). The owner of the franchise, Sanjeev Goenka is happy having Ben Stokes in Rising Pune Supergiants. He termed Stokes to be the hero Supergiants need. Believing he will be available for the first 14 games, the franchise bid him the best price he deserved. With a price tag of Rs. 14.5 Crore, Stokes becomes the most expensive overseas player in IPL 2017.
Having been sold at INR 14.5 Crore, Ben Stokes turned out to be the most expensive overseas acquisition in the IPL history. And the team to bag the most flamboyant all-rounder is Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS). Goenka went aggressively to buy this genre of player at the start, but other the competitors pulled out before he prepared to let go of a massive sum. And as a result Goenka outbid others to include Ben Stokes in Rising Pune Supergiants.
Which team bagged Ben Stokes and at what price in IPL 2017 auction?