TL;DR: Stokes earns big, no takers for Gayle


Stokes will be joined at the Royals by England team-mate Jos Buttler while Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali were both snapped up by Royal Challengers Bangalore and Jason Roy was signed by the Delhi Daredevils.

The Indian Premier League(IPL) auction is taking the entire world by a storm. However, Rajasthan Royals went all guns blazing for the Durham star, who was judged IPL's Most Valuable Player a year ago when he represented the Pune franchise last season. The next round will see players like Glenn Maxwell, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Dwayne Bravo going under the hammer. The team did not have many big names.

"I feel really happy to be a part of the Royals team and look forward to having a good season with them", Tripathi told Sportstar.

A total of 578 players will be seen in the auction on January 27-28. It will be no different this time around.

The auction will continue on Sunday where the teams can rebid for the unsold players. Legends like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and many others were kept back by the franchises.

It was sure that he would grab eyeballs during the auction but little did he know that he would be valued the most.

He said there is nothing a player can do about the auction as a player cannot rate oneself.

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Rajasthan Royals, who won the inaugural season of the IPL (RR), secured England all-rounder Ben Stokes for an eye-popping Rs 12.5 crore, two crore down from the price he fetched in 2017 season by Rising Pune Supergiant.

Manish Pandey ($2.13 million), KL Rahul ($2.13 million), Sanju Samson ($1.55 million), and Kedar Jadhav ($1.51 million) were among other big earners.

Brisbane Heat power hitter Chris Lynn earned a rich reward for his Big Bash dominance last summer with the Knight Riders shelling out roughly A$1.9m (N$Z2.1m) to land the burly Queenslander.

Whereas, Union Minister of State Babul Supriyo also expressed his displeasure over the amount at which players were sold.

Kolkata Knight Riders opted against using their "Right to Match" card for captain fantastic Gautam Gambhir, which means the dashing left-handed opener will now play for his hometown Delhi Daredevils.

It all started with Shikhar Dhawan, who was the first pick of the IPL 2018 auction. Wriddhiman Saha was bought by SRH for Rs. 5 Crores. He said that he will give his best for the team and also thanked the previous franchise.

The Victorian has spent the past four years with Kings XI Punjab, but returns to the franchise where he cut his teeth in the IPL.