Ben Stokes bags £1.4m deal with Rajasthan Royals in IPL auction

Manish Pandey ($2.13 million), KL Rahul ($2.13 million), Sanju Samson ($1.55 million), and Kedar Jadhav ($1.51 million) were among the big earners. Naturally, they attracted a lot of bids in the ongoing IPL auction in Bengaluru when the first set of batsmen went under the hammer.

Understanding MS Dhoni's tactical acumen and ability to perform under extreme pressure, Rising Pune Supergiant forked out Rs 12.5 crore to buy this Indian gem.

"Buzzing to be representing @rajasthanroyals in this years IPl [IPL] and great to be playing alongside @josbuttler", he wrote on twitter.

The IPL franchises are taking a careful look at the availability of England players over the next two seasons before deciding on whether to pick them at all.

His new team are desperate for success. He will line up alongside Australia captain Steve Smith (£1.38m).

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India captain Virat Kohli has already pocketed a record $2.7 million after Royal Challengers Bangalore opted to retain their star batsman. In fact, there could be intense bidding for both Stokes and Rashid Khan.

He will return to Sunrisers Hyderabad, who paid 3 crore ($641,000) for his services. Aussie batsman Chris Lynn went to Kolkata Knight Riders for 9 crores 60 lakhs, and so did his fellow countryman pacer Mitchell Starc for nearly same amount.

The world's No 1 ranked Twenty20 batsman will play for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, but the No 1 ranked bowler didn't receive a single bid. "It's insane to think about the amounts you get paid for just playing six weeks of cricket but I'm certainly not complaining". "I am really excited to join the KKR family for this season", Starc said in a video message on twitter.

SRH, the IPL 2016 champions, were forced to fork out big money after a bidding war between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore saw price soar for the 19-year-old Afghan, who has taken Twenty20 leagues by storm in the last two years. First, Sunrisers Hyderabad did to match Kings XI Punjab's Rs 5.2 crore bid to get Shikhar Dhawan. There have been occasions when players hitherto unheard of have gone for huge amounts while teams have remained silent when accomplished names have been read out by the auctioneer Richard Madley. "If the Player is selected for the 1st Test Match vs Pakistan commencing on 24th May 2018, he will be required to return to United Kingdom by 12 noon on Thursday, 17th May 2018", the IPL said.