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Pune net Stokes for $2.16m!

Pune net Stokes for $2.16m!
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes was the costliest buy after the first round of Indian Premier League players\' auction, going to Rising Pune Supergiants for a whopping Rs 14.50 crore ($2.16m) after an intense bidding war, in Bengaluru, on Monday.

Bangalore: England all-rounder Ben Stokes was the costliest buy after the first round of Indian Premier League players' auction, going to Rising Pune Supergiants for a whopping Rs 14.50 crore ($2.16m) after an intense bidding war, in Bengaluru, on Monday.

Interestingly, Stokes' limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan was taken at a base price of Rs 2 crore ($ 298,000) by Kings XI Punjab. With capable seam bowling all-rounders at a premium, Stokes was in the wish-list of five franchises, who engaged in tough bidding. The newly appointed England Test vice-captain became the first million dollar buy of the 10th edition of the players' auction.

"He is an in-form all-rounder. We wanted to bolster on that front. It's a gamble. We have got good young Indian players. We have got all-round options and that gives us more options down the order," Pune coach Stephen Fleming said.

For left-arm spinner Pawan Negi, it was another hefty pay day as he bagged a Rs 1 crore deal from RCB starting at a base price of Rs 30 lakh. It was definitely much less than last year when Negi's Rs 8.5 crore deal with Delhi Daredevils had surprised one and all but being an Indian player proved to be his advantage. New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson went to Delhi Daredevils at his base price of Rs 1 crore.

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