Ben Stokes fetched a staggering US$2.17 million in the Indian Premier League's (IPL) player auction on Monday, with the Rising Pune Supergiants splashing the cash in a frenzied bidding war to land the explosive English all-rounder.
The Pune franchise fought off the attentions of Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad to get the 25-year-old, paying 145 million Indian rupees despite his limited availability for the Twenty20 competition.
With England hosting South Africa in a one-day series in May, Stokes is set to miss the final phase of the April 5 to May 21 tournament, yet the bidding surged from his base price of 20 million rupees.
Pune owner Sanjiv Goenka told reporters Stokes would bring something new to the team for the 10th edition of the tournament.
Stokes' England Twenty20 team mate, Tymal Mills, was also in demand and was snapped up for 120 million rupees by Royal Challengers Bangalore, who will look to benefit from the left-arm pacer's ability to combine speed with economy.
Other big-earners included New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult and South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada, who both went for 50 million rupees to Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils respectively.
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