IPL Auction 2017: Top ten purchases

IPL 2017 auction saw 66 players purchased in total by the eight franchises for a cumulative total of Rs.91.14 Crores. 39 of those were Indians while the remaining 27 were overseas. Mathematically, Rs.1.15 crore was spent per player in the auction but overseas players recorded more than the home grown ones. Rs.66.4 was spent on buying talent from abroad while only Rs 24.75 crore was spent on the home grown talent. Gujarat Lions were the most active team in the auction purchasing 11 players while Royal Challengers Bangalore were the least active having only added 5 players to their squad. The auction also saw for the first time three players from associate teams being selected - Two of those from Afghanistan and the other from UAE.

Well, statistics aside, Market4Sports lists out the top ten buys at this year's auction. Interestingly, 8 of those are overseas. The two Indians, karn Sharma and T Natarajan have relatively less and no international experience respectively. Karn has played a test, a ODI and a T20 for India while Natarajan finds himself in an IPL team for the first time in his career.

England cricket all-rounder Ben Stokes was the most expensive buy at the auction as Rising Pune Supergiants shelved out Rs.14.5 Crore for his batting prowesses and death bowling skills. He also became the most expensive foreign player in the IPL and the second highest ever behind Yuvraj Singh who was bought at Rs 16 crore by Delhi Daredevils.

Tymal Mills, another fast-bowler with relatively less international experience, was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whooping Rs.12 Crore. He was seen as a perfect replacement for Mitchell Starc who pulled out of this year's IPL. The 24-year old short format specialist had an impressive T20 series against the hosts India and will definitely add sting to the bowling department of Virat Kohli led traditionally batting-heavy lineup.

The third place was shared by Kagiso Rabada and Trent Boult, again two of the top pacers in the world. Both were bought for Rs. 5 Crores by Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively. Rabada, could turn out to be one of the stars of this year's IPL while Boult had a relatively mixed IPL 9 where he represented SRH who were crowned the champions but the New Zealander didn't have a fruitful time with the ball.

Pat Cummins, another Australian pacer who has been struggling with injuries in the past, was purchased for Rs 4.5 Crore by KKR. He will most probably play second fiddle to Trent Boult. 

S.No

Player

Franchise

Price Paid

1)

Ben Stokes

RPSG

 ₹ 14.5 Cr

2)

Tymal Mills

RCB

 ₹ 12 Cr

3)

Kagiso Rabada

DD

 ₹ 5 Cr

4)

Trent Boult

KKR

 ₹ 5 Cr

5)

Pat Cummins

DD

 ₹ 4.5 Cr

6)

Chris Woakes

KKR

 ₹ 4.2 Cr

7)

Rashid Khan

SRH

 ₹ 4 Cr

8)

Nathan Coulter-Nile

KKR

 ₹ 3.5 Cr

9)

Karn Sharma

MI

 ₹ 3.2 Cr

10)

T Natarajan

KXIP

 ₹ 3 Cr

England's Chris Woakes also made it to the big league, being sold for Rs. 4.2 crore to KKR.In fact, eight of the top ten purchases were fast bowlers. The only two to break the mould were Afghan Rashid Khan and Karn Sharma, both leg-spinners.Rashid, just the second Afghan to make it to IPL 2017 after Mohammad Nabi, went for a pretty formidable 4 crore to Sunrisers Hyderabad while Sharma was bought for 3.2 crore from his base price of Rs. 30 lakh by Mumbai Indians.

Bringing up the Top Ten of the sold list was Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was bought by KKR for Rs. 3.5 crore.

 

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