IPL 2018: KL Rahul, Ben Stokes, Manish Pandey get huge bids

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England's controversial all-rounder Ben Stokes who was touted as the big overseas pick for this IPL edition was bought by Rajasthan Royals at a whopping Rs 12.5 crore.

And Sunrisers Hyderabad, who will be led by David Warner, made Manish Pandey and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan their two most expensive acquisitions.

With the IPL having assured franchises before the auction they would be able to replace Stokes if he was ruled out for the whole competition, the Durham player fetched the highest price. But the Punjab team roped him in with Rs 7.6 crore.

Both players were sold at an identical price of Rs 1.9 crore. "Young players come and go". He had represented Sunrisers Hyderabad last season, scoring 252 runs from 12 league matches.

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will no longer be part of the CSK franchise for this season at least. Ambati Rayudu was purchased by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 2.20 crore. Kieron Pollard, who recently played the 400th T20 match of his career, is expected to be back at the Mumbai Indians, who are all but certain to use their RTM.Kings XI Punjab may get Harbhajan Singh in their ranks as he is still a force to reckon with in this format. While, Dinesh Karthik was bought by KKR for Rs 7.4 Crores.

Sanju Samson with a base price of Rs 1 crore went to RR for Rs 8 crore. And the CSK who had earlier retained MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina have managed to acquire Dwayne Bravo Bac and Faf du Plessis.

Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Moeen Ali are among the other England internationals in the auction, though the latter admits: "I've put my name in but at the moment I'm thinking I'm not going to get in".

Arguably, the biggest beneficiaries of the mega-auction were Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab.

Colin Munro has been picked up cheaply in the IPL auction.

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That assembly line yielded Hardik and Krunal Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.

Set five of the IPL auction started with the wicketkeepers to be auctioned.

Syed Khaleel Ahmed - Bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 3 crore. All-rounder Stuart Binny was sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 50 lakh. His base price was Rs 1.5 crore.

England's Test captain Joe Root, entering the IPL auction for the first time, failed to attract any bids.

Yuzvendra Chahal retained by RCB with RTM for Rs 6 crore.

Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan was sold to SRH for Rs 2 crore. Adam Zampa and Samuel Badree remain unsold. The key unit of currency to watch out for is the crore, which equates to 10 million Indian rupees or about $200,000.

Among the Australian stars, Kolkata Knight Riders snapped up prolific-scorer Lynn for $1.5m and left-arm paceman Starc for $1.47m. While Starc went to KKR, Stokes went to Rajasthan Royals. Rahul Tewatia was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 3 crore. Now in the lengthy process of qualifying to play for England, Archer has been a sensation in the Big Bash, with bat and ball, and the Sussex star has a base price of just £44,000.

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But what happened before that showed, in IPL universe, your worldwide credentials or past performance doesn't really count. Kolkata Knight Riders have retained Andre Russell and Sunil Narine.

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