Cummins, Johnson sold in IPL auction

I've been talking about it with Neil Fairbrother for the last three years or so - I really trust his opinion - and we felt this was the time to go for it.

So while Stokes was snatched away by Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) for a whopping Rs 14.50 crore (his base price was Rs 2 crore), making him the costliest worldwide player in the history of IPL, Mills was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for Rs 12 crore (base price Rs 50 lakh).

Pawan Negi, who was the most expensive Indian past year, bagged a Rs 1-crore deal from Royal Challengers Bangalore after starting at a base price of Rs 30 lakh.

Pune coach Stephen Fleming admitted it was something of a "gamble" to pay so much for a player with a history of injury problems, but that Stokes will add extra flair to a team that already has Australia captain Steve Smith and ex-Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in its ranks.

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Vice versa for those who probably go to bed worrying if they'll get picked in the first place. Stokes is the second most expensive player after Virat Kohli (₹15 crore) among the IPL players.

The existing player contracts will expire after this season of the league and most players are expected to go under the hammer at a mega auction ahead of the 2018 season.

"I wasn't sure how much a crore was", Ben Stokes told the Guardian in a recent interview.

Elsewhere in the auction, Mills' England and Sussex team-mate Chris Jordan secured his base price of £60,000 to join Sunrisers Hyderabad - and big-hitting opener Jason Roy also reached his minimum value of £120,000 and will play for Gujarat Lions.

"It's been a pretty incredible week and, considering you normally have your most exciting times when you're playing, it's been an wonderful and interesting few days", Stokes, recently appointed England vice-captain, said as he fronted English media over the latest development in his career.

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England's other players may not be available for the 10th edition of the competition because of worldwide commitments as England host Ireland in one-day matches on 5 and 7 May.

Sussex's left-arm paceman Mills - a 24-year-old who has only played four T20 internationals for England - attracted a winning bid of $A2.33 million from Royal Challengers Bangalore. I haven't been able to play in the past so that was the main thing, anything else was just a bonus. "We were lacking a player of this genre in our team", said Supergiants owner Sanjiv Goenka.

'We believe he will be there for the first 14 games, and right now, that's what we are focusing on'. "I can't put into words what happened", Mills said.

"He suits the playing conditions in Bangalore and we would have done absolutely whatever was required to get him". While Nabi was bought at the base price of Rs. 30 lacs, SRH shelled out Rs. 4 crore for the 18-year old leggie Rashid Khan.

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