Twitter Reactions: Ben Stokes fetches 14.5 crores in the IPL 2017 Auction
Published - Feb 20, 2017 10:45 am | Updated - Feb 20, 2017 10:21 pm
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.
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:
Welcome to Pune @benstokes38 first round is on you!
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) February 20, 2017
Ben stokes economy rate as bowler in T20Is is 9.03. Hope he doesn't turn out to be an illusory allrounder for RPS.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 20, 2017
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) February 20, 2017
— Virender Sehwag (@VirenderSehweg) February 20, 2017
— ScoopWhoop News (@scoopwhoopnews) February 20, 2017
Ben Stokes can start his own IPL franchise and buy all the unsold players.#IPLAuction
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) February 20, 2017
Ben Stokes sold for 14.5 crores.
— Rajkumar (@khannachinna) February 20, 2017
— arpit jain (@abheeyanta) February 20, 2017
— Vikram Vijay™ (@Im_VjFan) February 20, 2017
RPS in the last 24 hours
– Changed their captain from MS Dhoni to Steve Smith
– Bought Ben Stokes for 14.5 cr #IPLAuction
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) February 20, 2017
Ben Stokes will be playing alongside MS Dhoni, Steve Smith and other RPS players. #IPLAuction
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) February 20, 2017
— suyogkeni (@suyogkeni) February 20, 2017
Ben Stokes no surprise, was expecting 8cr at the most. What a bidding war that was!
— Hardu (@Hardu_Habs) February 20, 2017
— Pradnil Rajankar (@pradnil16) February 20, 2017
Ben Stokes was just bought for $2.82m which is about the same amount I owe in unpaid registration fees.
— The Grade Cricketer (@gradecricketer) February 20, 2017
— Minarul Islam (@MinarulTweet) February 20, 2017
— Sir Rahul Gandhi (@SirRahulGandhi1) February 20, 2017
— Suryansh Tripathi (@Suryansht17) February 20, 2017
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 20, 2017
— Shri Pravish (@pravish92) February 20, 2017
Root – I am the England Captain..
Ben Stokes – With my Package I can by 10 of Ur captain types #IPLAuction
— YOGI Indian (@ROFL_India) February 20, 2017
— Akash Sarkar (@AkashS08) February 20, 2017
— POWER⭐️ (@rajeshr90081) February 20, 2017
Pune buys Ben Stokes for 14.5 crores
Why is Pune behaving like Delhi #IPLAuction
— Piyush Chawla (@piyushchawla024) February 20, 2017
— Hariharan Durairaj (@hari_durairaj) February 20, 2017