Stokes can topple Kohli as most expensive IPL player: Sehwag

Virat Kohli; Ben Stokes; Lakshmipathy Balaji - InsideSport
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Ben Stokes is one player who can beat Virat Kohli to be the most expensive Indian Premier League player ever. The observation made by the former India opener Virender Sehwag in a video chat with cricket website cricketnext.com.

Kohli is retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a record ₹17 crore during the IPL player retention event earlier this month. Stokes, the highest paid overseas player in the IPL for his ₹14.5 crore deal with Pune Supergiant last season, will be up for grabs during the auction on January 27 and 28. He has been the Most Valuable Player last season.

However, the England cricketer is stuck in a legal battle. Uncertainty surrounding his availability might hit the prospects of a good deal for him adversely.

RAJASTHAN ROYALS’ SPORTS EDUCATION PARTNER

Rajasthan Royals have tied up with Deakin University, Australia to promote sports education in India and facilitate research in sports management and sports science. Australia based Deakin University will be the official sports education partner for Rajasthan Royals this season.

In a bid to promote sports education, Ranjit Barthakur, Chairman & CEO, Rajasthan Royals and Deakin University’s Vice-Chancellor & President, Professor Jane den Hollander, AO, have inked a strategic agreement for the third time. Deakin University has associated with the team twice in the past as well.

The most important feature of the collaboration is the mega scholarship provided to an Indian student for a sports management course in Melbourne.The scholarship will provide for full tuition fee waiver, up to ₹38 lakh for Masters and Rs 43 lakh for Under Graduate course.

BALAJI CSK’s BOWLING COACH

Chennai Super Kings have roped in Lakshmipathy Balaji as bowling coach for the IPL Season XI. This is like a homecoming for the lanky former India seamer who was a part of the Lions’ line-up in the opening three seasons. “Nothing like coming back home… wherever you go, you eventually want to get back home,” said the 36-year-old bowling coach of Tamil Nadu. “I’m grateful that CSK has recognised me.”

Balaji recorded the competition’s first hat-trick in 2008 after returning from a potentially career-ending injury as the Yellow Brigade finished runners-up in the inaugural season, made it to the Playoffs in 2009 and recorded the grand IPL and Champions League double in 2010.

“CSK is where I made my international comeback after injury and Chennai is where I began my cricket… there is a huge emotional connect for me with my city, state and my franchise,” said Balaji, who was bowling coach of Kolkata Knight Riders last season.


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