The Indian Premier League 2017 player auctions held on February 20 at Bengaluru and within few hours, English all-rounder Ben Stokes came up with flashing colours. Since the bidding started, Stokes became the costliest player to be sold in the auction and his final price was Rs 14.5 cr.
The auctions revealed that half of the franchisees were keen to have the Englishman on board. There was the Daredevils, Royal Challengers, Kings XI Punjab and of course, the Rising Pune Supergiants going hammer and tongs for the beefy English all-rounder. His base price was earlier fixed at 2 crores. But when his turn arrived, the bidding went just up and up. The entire ‘Ben Stokes’ episode took about ten long minutes before the hammer was clamped for the final time.
Moments later, the Twitterati gathered over the twitter and poured their thoughts on the micro-blogging site. Here are few tweets mentioned below:
Ben Stokes can now host his own PSL.
— चार लोग (@WoCharLog) February 20, 2017
— Tejas (@UtdTej) February 20, 2017
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) February 20, 2017
Stokes ‘Ben’ sold for 14.5 crores. Only a Gujarati can make so much money in one day. #IPLAuction
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) February 20, 2017
Ben Stokes’ worth as a player…
1. Fielder (50%)
2. Batsman (35%)
3. Bowler (15%)#IPLAuction
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 20, 2017
Ben Stokes sold for total budget of PSL in #IPLAuction .
— PhD in Bak*****!! (@Atheist_Krishna) February 20, 2017
Ben Stokes ~ A player who gave 24 runs in 4 balls to lose WT20 final got sold for 14.5 crore. This sums up RPS’ IPL future!#IPLAuction
— Nayyar M (@maniknayyar1) February 20, 2017
” Jonny Bairstow close friend of Ben Stokes “
That’s how auctioneer introduced him
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) February 20, 2017