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Twitter Reactions: Ben Stokes fetches 14.5 crores in the IPL 2017 Auction

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England’s Ben Stokes. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Ahead of the IPL 2017 Auction, all the hype was around one player – England all-rounder Ben Stokes was the talk of the town and there was an immediate bidding war when his name came up. Mumbai Indians team owner Aakash Ambani had his hand up even before the auctioneer Richard Madley started the bids and obviously were the first to go.

Other teams in Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers and Sunrisers Hyderabad also showed interest in him and the bid soon shot up multiple folds from his base price of INR 2 crores. Mumbai Indians were not willing to let him go they were in when it went up to 9 crores, 10, 11 and also until it was 13 that is when Rising Pune Supergiants jumped in the bid war.

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At 14 Mumbai were still in it but RPS having released a lot of players had a total purse of 17.5 crores and were willing to shell out a major chunk of it on Stokes. They went ahead and put it beyond MI for 14.5 crores and Ambani was not longer interested in hiking it even further. The hammer went down and Stokes earned more than 7 times his base price the first time he featured in the auction.

Before him a total of 9 players went unsold- Marin Guptill, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Faiz Fazal, Ross Taylor, Saurabh Tiwari, Irfan Pathan, Sean Abbott and Chris Jordan didn’t attract the bidders in the first round. They will now be reintroduced again later in the auction.

England captain Eoin Morgan was picked by the Kings XI Punjab for his base price of INR 2 crores. Pawan Negi the most expensive Indian player from the last auction was picked by RCB for 1 crore, his base price was 30 lakhs.

Here are some of the best reactions after Stokes’ auction:

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