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Ben Stokes hits jackpot in historic Indian Premier League player bid

India Today logo India Today 20-02-2017

England all-rounder Ben Stokes was sold to Pune Supergiants for a whopping Rs 14.50 crore in the player auction in Bangalore on Monday.

There was a serious bidding war between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore when Stokes went under the hammer. However, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils soon joined the party before Pune Supergiants bagged Stokes with a bid price nobody else seemed inclined to match.

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Stokes' Rs 14.50 crore was the second highest bid price in the history of player auctions. The record is still held by Yuvraj Singh, who had fetched Rs 16 crore from the Delhi Daredevils in 2015.

Pune Supergiants had finished second last in 2016 and they have already shown aggressive intent by first removing MS Dhoni as captain and replacing him with Steve Smith. They then spent a major chunk of their purse of Rs 17.50 core on Stokes, who has been in sensational form last year.

Stokes was a key part of the English team which toured India late in 2016 for a full-fledged tour. He was not only brilliant with bat and ball but he also made headlines when he got into a sledge game with Virat Kohli.

However, Stokes will not be part of the RPS set-up as he will have to leave the IPL midway to join England for national duties.

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