Gayle unsold; Stokes gets best ₹12.5 cr deal in round 1

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There is no buyer Chris Gayle in the Indian Premier League as round one for marque players got over on Day I of the player acquisition auction. No franchisee initiated a bid for the player with the record for scoring the fastest hundred in the shortest format of the game.

Ben Stokes is yet again among the best deal in round one, even as Englishman fell ₹2 crore short of matching his previous best of ₹14.5 core. Rajasthan Royals got him for ₹12.5 crore in an aggressive bidding battle with Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Eslewhere, Shikhar Dhawan stays at Sunrisers Hyderabad for ₹5.2 crore via right to match; Mumbai Indians match the ₹5.4 crore bid for Kieron Pollard; R Ashwin went to KXIP for ₹7.6 crore; South African Test team captain Faf du Plessis will stay at CSK, who have matches KXIP’s meager ₹1.6 crore bid – the lowest for round 1; Ajinkya Rahane’s ₹4 crore bid was matched by Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders bag Mitchel Starc for ₹9.4 crore.

Ashwin was quick to respond from South Africa. in an early morning tweet, the off-spinner thanked the franchisee of his new abode, Punjab.