IPL Auctions 2017: Mitchell Johnson goes to Mumbai for Rs 2 crore

Australia skipper Steve Smith will replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the Rising Pune Supergiants captain in this year's Indian Premier League, the franchise announced on Sunday.

Stokes' England teammate Eoin Morgan sold to Kings XI Punjab fo rhis base price of $390,000, the same fee paid by Delhi Daredevils for Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews. There have been instances in the auction events, where an unknown local boy has been offered a whooping sum of money, while an worldwide well acclaimed player have been neglected by the bidders. Ben Dunk, the highest run scorer of Australia's Big Bash League, goes unsold, with a base price of Rs. 30 lakh. This is the last year for retentions, as all players will go under the hammer again next year.

The Pune team won only five games and lost nine in their debut IPL season in 2016. "Ben Stokes was our No. 1, 2, and 3 preference".

Monday 20th of February will see the future of as many as 356 cricketers in the Indian Premier League.

Starc had been signed up to the Bangalore franchise since 2014, but played only two tournaments for them. After buying Karthik for Rs 12.5 crores, Delhi shelled out Rs 9 crores for star England batsman Kevin Pietersen, which made him the costliest foreign player ever until Watson broke his record a year later.

The last edition of the first 10-year cycle of the IPL, the 2017 edition has eight teams participating, including the Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Super Giants. "Both were released by the management this year". The Chennai team also finished runner-up four times under Dhoni.

Yes, Stokes is a match-winner, and yes, he is a player capable of turning a team's fortunes around.

  • Julie Sanders