5 Baffling decisions in the IPL 2017 Auction

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West Indies cricketer Darren Bravo. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

The IPL 2017 auction witnessed a lot of signings which left audiences and experts perplexed and bewildered at the sheer foolishness and unnecessary extravagance. Proven performers like Brad Hogg and Imran Tahir failed to earn a single bid while players relatively untested like Tymal Mills and Ben Stokes secured big money contracts.

Sean Abbott must have been left bemused after remaining unsold having finished as the highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded season of the Big Bash League. Pat Cummins, on the other hand, earned a 4.5-million bid from the Delhi Daredevils mainly on the basis of his reputation. Let’s take a look at the 5 signings which left fans baffled-

Let’s take a look at the 5 signings which left fans baffled:

5. Ben Stokes (14.5 Crores – Rising Pune Supergiants)

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Ben Stokes of England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Even coach Stephen Fleming could not help but grimace after owner Sanjiv Goenka opted to splurge a huge sum of 14.5 million for the services of English all-rounder Ben Stokes. Stokes might have been impressive in the recent away series against India but such extravagant indulgence doesn’t assure rich dividends.

Stokes might be forced to leave early on national duty which will restrict his participation in the tournament to the extent of the league matches. There is every chance of a poor performance from Stokes because of the immense pressure that accompanies such a huge auction take away – IPL history has is full of examples.

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