5 blunders made by franchises during IPL Auctions
The decisions have turned out to be costly for the franchises.
Published - Oct 5, 2019 2:50 pm | Updated - Oct 5, 2019 2:50 pm
SRH opting out of Ben Stokes’ bid last-minute before RPS pick him (2017)
For two seasons in a row (2017 and 2018), Ben Stokes was the most expensive player in the IPL auctions. He entered the auctions for the first time in 2017 and right from the get-go, his stocks went up. The England all-rounder was rated highly as he could contribute in all three departments and have a big impact in the game. During the auction, four teams went after Stokes.
The price kept creeping up and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were one of the front-runners. However, towards the fag end of the auction, Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) came in. A couple of bids and Stokes was sold to them. SRH hung in there till the end and eventually, let him go due to his price tag.
RPS bought the England all-rounder for a whopping sum of INR 14.5 crores. In that season, Stokes became the most valuable player. In 12 games, he made 316 runs at an average of 31.60 and a strike-rate of 142.99. He also picked up 12 wickets and played a crucial role in helping RPS reach the final that year.