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IPL auction: Stokes goes to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 12.5 crore; KL Rahul and Manish Pandey to Kings XI, SRH for Rs 11 cr each

Starc to KKR for Rs 9.4 crore; Chris Gayle unsold

Prime News, National Sports, International Sports, Cricket, Bengaluru, January 27:- England’s Ben Stokes has once again made the headlines as he has been sold for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore to the Rajasthan Royals in the much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction for the 11th edition of the tournament here on Saturday.

Stokes, who was on the marquee list, had a base price of Rs 2 crore.

He played the last season with the Rising Pune Supergiant and has been the top-priced overseas player in the competition’s history.

Kolkata Knight Riders paid Rs 9.4 crore for Mitchell Starc, after the Australia pace spearhead had pulled out of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s IPL 2017 campaign due to ankle injury.

Two Karnataka batsmen rocked the auction soon after, breaching the Rs 10 crore mark.

India opener KL Rahul went to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 11 crore from a base price of Rs 2 crore, impressive after the player was not retained, or bought back, by Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore. His Karnataka teammate Manish Pandey got a matching Rs 11 crore, this time Sunrisers Hyderabad out-bidding KXIP.

Kings XI was aggressive early on and also bought in-form Australia opener, Aaron Finch for Rs 6.2 crore. Chris Lynn, another Aussie batsman famous for his sensational catch to dismiss RCB’s AB de Villiers in IPL 2014, went to the Kolkata outfit for a solid Rs 9.6 crore.

-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

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