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IPL 2017 Auction, Highlights: Ben Stokes, Tymal Mills make it England’s day; Karn Sharma biggest Indian buy

Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills stole the show in the 2017 Indian Premier League auction as both England players were snapped up for whopping sums of Rs 14.5 crore and Rs 12 crore respectively. Kagiso Rabada with 5 crore and Trent Boult with Rs 4.5 crore were the other big gainers. For India, Karn Sharma was the biggest buy with Rs 3.2 crore. Relive all highlights of the IPL 2017 Auction here.

cricket Updated: Feb 20, 2017 15:56 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Indian Premier League 2017

Ben Stokes was snapped up for a record Rs 14.5 crore by Rising Pune Supergiants while Tymal Mills was snapped up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 12 crore.(Hindustan Times)

Ben Stokes stole the show as he was snapped up by Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 14.5 crore, a record price for an overseas player. It was a good day for England as Tymal Mills was snapped up for Rs 12 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was a good day for the pace bowlers with Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada going for a good price. For India, Karn Sharma was the most expensive buy with Rs 3.2 crore while the likes of T Natarajan got Rs 3 crore. Relive all the highlights of 2017 IPL Auction here (WHERE TO SEE LIVE STREAMING)

15:47 hrs IST: Here is the list of the additions of the players in each squad.

Delhi Daredevils: Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh

Gujarat Lions: Nathu Singh, Basil Thampy, Tejas Singh Baroka, Manpreet Gony, Jason Roy, Munaf Patel, Chirag Suri, Shelly Shaurya, Shubham Agrawal, Pratham Singh, Aksh Deep Nath

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammad Nabi, Ekalavya Dwivedi, Rashid Khan, Pravin Tambe, Chris Jordan, Ben Laughlin, Mohammed Siraj

Rising Pune Supergiants: Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Dan Christian, Milind Tandon, R Tripathi, Manoj Tiwary, Lockie Ferguson

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Choudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake

Mumbai Indians: Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, A Gunarathna, K Khejroliya

Kings XI Punjab: Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Martin Guptill, Darren Sammy, Rinku Singh

Kolkata Knight Riders: Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh

Manoj Tiwary was sold to Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 50 lakhs. (HT Photo)

15:28 hrs IST: That is the end of the 2017 IPL Auction. Lockie Ferguson was the final buy in this auction and that is it, ladies and gentleman.

15:27 hrs IST: Chaitanya Bishnoi is up next. He is one of the new lot and he goes unsold.

15:26 hrs IST: Lockie Ferguson is up next. He is sold to RPS for Rs 50 lakhs, his base price.

15:25 hrs IST: Sayan Ghosh sold to KKR for Rs 10 lakhs. Kanishk Seth is up next and he goes unsold.

15:24 hrs IST: Manoj Tiwary sold to RPS for Rs 50 lakhs. David Wiese is up next and he goes unsold.

15:23 hrs IST: Darren Bravo sold to KKR for Rs 50 lakhs.

15:22 hrs IST: The accelerated auction has begun. Aksh Deep Nath sold for Rs 10 lakhs to Gujarat Lions.

15:19 hrs IST: Tymal Mills will be part of an RCB line-up which will include Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers. He says in an interaction with the host broadcasters, “Nice I don’t have to bowl at them”

15:00 hrs IST: The IPL Auction is now headed into the final stage. Each franchise has been asked to submit at least three names. So, the final 24 players will be up for grabs shortly.

14:57 hrs IST: Pratham Singh sold to Gujarat Lions for Rs 10 lakhs.

Ishank Jaggi has been snapped up by KKR for Rs 10 lakhs (PTI)

14:56 hrs IST: Ishank Jaggi goes to KKR for Rs 10 lakhs. Rahul Tripathi is up next and he is sold to RPS for Rs 10 lakhs.

14:55 hrs IST: Sanjay Yadav sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 10 lakhs.

14:54 hrs IST: Himmat Singh unsold. Ashton Turner, the offspinning Australian allrounder, goes unsold.

14:53 hrs IST: Shubham Agrawal goes to Gujarat Lions for Rs 10 lakhs. Amit Verma goes unsold. Just to inform you: RCB’s international quota is complete.

14:52 hrs IST: Baba Indrajith goes unsold. Shelley Shaurya goes to Gujarat Lions for his base price of Rs 10 lakhs.

14:51 hrs IST: Sabbir Rahman goes unsold. Mahmudullah is also unsold.

14:50 hrs IST: Manjeet Chaudhary goes unsold. Mehedi Hasan is up next. He goes unsold.

14:49 hrs IST: Virat Singh unsold. Chirag Suri is next and he goes to Gujarat Lions for Rs 10 lakhs.

14:47 hrs IST: Ben Wheeler of New Zealand also goes unsold. K Williams also goes unsold. Tajendra Singh is next and he also goes unsold.

14:46 hrs IST: Andile Phehlukwayo goes unsold. His base price was Rs 1 crore. Dwaine Pretorius is up next. He is also unsold

14:45 hrs IST: Colin de Grandhomme goes unsold.

14:44 hrs IST: Kulwant Khejroliya sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 10 lakhs.

14:43 hrs IST: Shashank Singh has been sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 10 lakhs. Milind Tandon sold to RPS for Rs 10 lakhs.

14:41 hrs IST: Munaf Patel sold to Gujarat Lions for Rs 30 lakhs. H Bhatia goes unsold. Rinku Singh is up next and KXIP get him for Rs 10 lakhs.

14:40 hrs IST: Mitchell Santner goes unsold. Lockie Ferguson, New Zealand pacer goes unsold.

Darren Sammy was snapped up by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 30 lakhs (Getty Images)

14:39 hrs IST: Darren Sammy is up next and he is sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 30 lakhs.

14:38 hrs IST: Rovman Powell is up next. He has been sold to KKR for Rs 30 lakhs.

14:37 hrs IST: Wayne Parnell is up next. His base price is Rs 50 lakhs and he goes unsold.

14:36 hrs IST: Colin Munro goes unsold in the auction. Jimmy Neesham is up next. He goes unsold as well.

14:35 hrs IST: Dan Christian snapped up by Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 1 crore.

14:34 hrs IST: Asela Gunaratne, who played two match-winning knocks against Australia, has been sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 30 lakhs, his base price.

14:33 hrs IST: Saurabh Kumar sold to Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 10 lakhs. Joe Burns goes unsold.

14:32 hrs IST: Rahul Chahar sold to Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 10 lakhs.

14:29 hrs IST: Sayan Ghosh goes unsold. No takers for Kanishk Seth, Mohammed Siraj is next and he is bid by SRH and RCB. Mohammed Siraj is sold for Rs 2.6 crore to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

14:28 hrs IST: Dishant Yagnik goes unsold. Rishi Arothe goes unsold as well. Ronsford Beaton, West Indies player, goes unsold.

14:27 hrs IST: Akhil Herwadkar goes unsold. Pankaj Jaiswal is up next and he is also unsold.

14:26 hrs IST: Apoorv Wankhade goes unsold. Akash Bhandari is the next player and he goes unsold.

14:24 hrs IST: Billy Stanlake goes to RCB for Rs 30 lakhs. The new lot has begun. Himanshu Rana is the new player and he goes unsold.

14:23 hrs IST: David Wiese unsold. Ben Laughlin is next and there is a bid by Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 30 lakhs, his base price.

14:21 hrs IST: Thisara Perera, who played for Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL 2016, goes unsold. Parvez Rasool next. He goes unsold.

14:20 hrs IST: Evin Lewis goes unsold. Manoj Tiwary again goes unsold.

14:19 hrs IST: Mitchell Swepson and Mayank Dagar go unsold again. Darren Bravo is up next and he also goes unsold.

14:17 hrs IST: Vishnu Vinod unsold. Navdeep Saini is next and he has gone to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 10 lakhs.

14:16 hrs IST: Praveen Dubey sold to RCB for Rs 10 lakhs, which was his base price. Aksh Deep Nath is next. He is unsold.

14:14 hrs IST: Imran Tahir goes unsold. Unmukt Chand again goes unsold.

14:13 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma goes unsold and so does Pragyan Ojha. Ish Sodhi also unsold.

Nathan Coulter-Nile was picked up by KKR for Rs 3.5 crore. (HT Photo)

14:12 hrs IST: Coulter-Nile is sold to KKR for Rs 3.5 crore.

14:11 hrs IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile is up next. Sunrisers Hyderabad and KKR have opened the bid for him.

14:10 hrs IST: Kyle Abbott back again. He is unsold.

14:09 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow, whose base price is Rs 1.5 crore, goes unsold again.

14:08 hrs IST: Irfan Pathan goes unsold. Maybe, he might get a chance in the accelerated auction.

14:07 hrs IST: Chris Jordan is sold to SRH for his base price of Rs 50 lakhs.

14:06 hrs IST: Sean Abbott goes unsold. Chris Jordan is up next. Sunrisers Hyderabad have bid for him.

14:05 hrs IST: Saurabh Tiwary is up next. He goes to Mumbai Indians for Rs 30 lakhs.

14:03 hrs IST: Jason Roy is up next. His base price is one crore. He was in great form in the India series. Gujarat Lions have opened the bid for him. He has been sold to Gujarat Lions for his base price of Rs 1 crore.

14:02 hrs IST: KXIP have opened the bid. He has been sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 50 lakhs.

14:00 hrs IST: The second half of the auction has begun. Martin Guptill has come back in the second round. Will anyone go for him?

Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills lead the list of the highest buys in the 2017 Indian Premier League auction. (Hindustan Times)

13:57 hrs IST: Here is a list of the top buys in the IPL. It is trial by pace.

13:53 hrs IST: RPS have bought the least number of players with 2, followed by KKR and RCB with 3 and Gujarat Lions with 4. Mumbai Indians have also purchased 4 players with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab having bought 5 players

13:51 hrs IST: We are now set for the second half of the auction. Delhi Daredevils have bought the most players with 7, but RPS have got the highest bid in Ben Stokes with Rs 14.5 cr, followed by Tymal Mills of RCB with Rs 12 cr.

Kaigso Rabada was snapped up by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 5 crore. (AFP)

13:04 hrs IST: Meanwhile, pace seems to be the key for IPL Franchises. Read about it to find out.

12:58 hrs IST: While the IPL Auction is in the lunch break, take time out and have a read of the Ben Stokes miracle.

12:38 hrs IST: Rahul Sharma is the next spinner and he goes unsold. That will be the lunch break. The auction will resume after 40 minutes.

12:37 hrs IST: Akila Dhananjaya goes unsold. Nathan Lyon is the next bowler and his base price is Rs 1.5 crore. He remains unsold.

12:36 hrs IST: Fawad Ahmed goes unsold in the list of spinners. Michael Beer is next and he goes unsold.

12:34 hrs IST: Manpreet Gony is up next and there is an intense bidding between Gujarat Lions and KKR. Manpreet Gony sold to Gujarat Lions for Rs 60 lakhs.

12:33 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions are out. Varun Aaron sold to KXIP for Rs 2.8 crores

Varun Aaron was picked up for Rs 2.8 crore by Kings XI Punjab. (AFP)

12:31 hrs IST: Varun Aaron is the next bowler. He has been bid for by Delhi Daredevils. Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions jump into the fray. His price has gone past Rs 2.4 crores.

12:30 hrs IST: Ben Laughlin is up next. His base price is Rs 30 lakhs. He remains unsold.

12:29 hrs IST: Jaydev Unadkat is the next bowler in the set. RPS open the bid and he gets sold to RPS for Rs 30 lakhs.

12:28 hrs IST: Billy Stanlake goes unsold. Pankaj Singh is the next bowler in this set. He also goes unsold

12:27 hrs IST: Matt Henry, the New Zealand pacer, is sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 50 lakhs.

12:25 hrs IST: The next set is fast bowlers. RP Singh is the first player out of the set. He goes unsold. He did well for Gujarat.

12:23 hrs IST: Brad Haddin is next in the set of wicketkeepers and he goes unsold. His base price was Rs 1.5 crore. Glenn Phillips of New Zealand also goes unsold.

12:22 hrs IST: Kusal Janith Perera is next. He also goes unsold. Niroshan Dickwella goes unsold.

12:20 hrs IST: Anamul Haque of Bangladesh is next and he goes unsold. Shane Dowrich of West Indies also goes unsold.

12:19 hrs IST: Thisara Perera goes unsold. Farhaan Behardien also goes unsold.

12:18 hrs IST: Rishi Dhawan is sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 55 lakhs.

Karn Sharma is the most expensive Indian player in this auction as he went for Rs 3.2 crore to Mumbai Indians. (AFP)

12:16 hrs IST: Karn Sharma sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.2 crores. David Wiese goes unsold.

12:12 hrs IST: Jason Holder is unsold. Karn Sharma is up next and there is an intense bidding war between Gujarat Lions and Mumbai Indians. His price has shot up to Rs 2.5 crore.

12:10 hrs IST: Chris Woakes is next. His base price is Rs 2 crore and KKR have opened the bidding. Sunrisers have also bid for him. His price has touched Rs 4 crore. Chris Woakes sold to KKR for Rs 4.2 crores.

12:08 hrs IST: The next set is the allrounders and the first player is Parvez Rasool. He is unsold.

12:07 hrs IST: Darren Bravo goes unsold. Nic Maddinson is the next batsman and he goes unsold.

12:05 hrs IST: Marlon Samuels, West Indies match-winner in World T20s, goes unsold. Ewin Lewis goes unsold.

Cheteshwar Pujara went unsold in the 2017 IPL Auction. (PTI)

12:03 hrs IST: Abhinav Mukund unsold. Michael Klinger of Australia goes unsold. Subramaniam Badrinath unsold.

12:01 hrs IST: Manoj Tiwary is the first batsman on this list and he goes unsold. Next up is Cheteshwar Pujara. He is unsold

12:00 hrs IST: Akshay Wakhare goes unsold. Pravin Tambe is next and he is sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 10 lakhs, his base price.

11:59 hrs IST: Mitchell Swepson is unsold. Want to know about Rashid Khan Arman? Read about it here

11:58 hrs IST: Rashid Khan Arman sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 4 crore.

11:57 hrs IST: Rashid Khan Arman’s price has gone past 3.5 crores. He has touched Rs 4 crores.

11:55 hrs IST: Sarabjeet Ladda is unsold. Rashid Khan Arman is next. Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Lions have opened the bid. His price has gone past Rs 2 crore.

11:53 hrs IST: Mayank Dagar is next. He is unsold. Tejas Baroka is next. KXIP have opened the bid. Sold to Gujarat Lions for his base price of Rs 10 lakhs

11:51 hrs IST: The uncapped spinners list is next and Murugan Ashwin is the first player in the set. RPS have opened the bid with Delhi Daredevils. Murugan’s price has gone to Rs 1 crore. He has been sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1 crore.

11:48 hrs IST: Basil Thampi is the next player and KKR have opened the bid. RPS have joined in. Gujarat Lions have also gone in. RPS have pulled off. Basil Thampi sold to Gujarat Lions for Rs 85 lakhs.

11:47 hrs IST: Navdeep Saini and Umar Nazir are both unsold. Pawan Suyal, who played for DD in 2016, goes unsold.

Nathu Singh became Gujarat Lions’ first buy in the 2017 IPL Auction as he was picked up for Rs 50 lakhs. (Hindustan Times)

11:45 hrs IST: Nathu Singh is up next. Gujarat Lions and RPS are bidding for him. He has been sold to Gujarat Lions for Rs 50 lakhs. Their first buy in the 2017 IPL Auction.

11:43 hrs IST: T Natarjan is the highest Indian player at the moment. Kings XI Punjab still bid for him, Sunrisers Hyderabad are out. He is sold to KXIP for Rs 3 crore.

11:41 hrs IST: T Natarajan, left-arm fast medium, is up next. Rising Pune Supergiants bid for him. Kings XI Punjab have jumped in. He has touched Rs 1 crore.

11:40 hrs IST: Aniket Choudhary’s price has touched Rs 2 crore. He is sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 2 crore.

11:36 hrs IST: Aniket Choudhary’s price has touched one crore. The bid is with RCB. Gujarat Lions continue the bid and the price has gone past 1.5 crore.

11:34 hrs IST: Aniket Choudhary is the next. Gujarat Lions have open the bid with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

11:33 hrs IST: The first player in this set is Abu Nechim. He goes unsold.

11:32 hrs IST: Manvinder Bisla goes unsold. The next set is uncapped fast bowlers.

11:31 hrs IST: Mohit Ahlawat, who scored 300 in a T20, goes unsold. So much for gully cricket!

11:31 hrs IST: Mohammad Shahzad goes unsold. This auction continues to surprise.

11:30 hrs IST: Eklavya Dwivedi sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 75 lakhs.

11:29 hrs IST: Eklavya Dwivedi is the next player. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Lions are battling it out.

11:27 hrs IST: Aditya Tare is next on the list. He is sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 25 lakhs.

11:25 hrs IST: The uncapped wicketkeepers slot is next. Vishnu Vinod is the first player in this set and he is unsold. Shreevats Goswami is next and he is unsold.

11:24 hrs IST: Rush Kalaria is next and he goes unsold. Priyank Panchal, leading run-scorer in 2016/17 Ranji Trophy is up next. He is unsold.

11:22 hrs IST: Praveen Dubey is the next allrounder in this set and he goes unsold. Shivam Dube, left-arm batsman is next and he remains unsold. Manan Sharma also goes unsold.

11:21 hrs IST: Rahul Tewatia is up next for Rs 10 lakhs. RPS and KXIP jump into the bid. Pune have backed off. He is sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 25 lakhs.

11:20 hrs IST: K Gowtham, the Karnataka allrounder, is sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 2 crore

11:17 hrs IST: K Gowtham has gotten a bid from MI and RCB. His price is Rs 10 lakhs and it has shot up to Rs 1.5 crores.

11:16 hrs IST: Mohammad Nabi creates history, becomes first Afghanistan player to be picked in IPL. He is sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 30 lakhs.

11:14 hrs IST: Aksh Deep Nath is the first player and he goes unsold. Mahipal Lomror is the next player. he was with Delhi Daredevils in 2016. He is unsold.

11:12 hrs IST: Tanmay Agarwal is sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 10 lakhs. The next set is uncapped allrounders.

11:11 hrs IST: Unmukt Chand is the next player. He goes unsold. Asghar Stanikzai is the next player. He is also unsold.

11:10 hrs IST: Ankeet Bawane is the next player. Delhi Daredevils open the bid. He is sold to Delhi for his base price of Rs 10 lakhs.

11:09 hrs IST: Prithvi Shaw is the next batsman. He has generated some big names in the Ranji Trophy. He goes unsold.

11:08 hrs IST: Umang Sharma is the first player in this set. His base price is Rs 10 lakhs. He is unsold.

11:07 hrs IST: We are back for the next set. It is the list of uncapped batsman.

11:03 hrs IST: The next set will involve players like Prithvi Shaw. Now, according to the purse, Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore have the least amount.

10:59 hrs IST: Some “jokes” going on about Ben Stokes’ price

10:56 hrs IST: Delhi Daredevils have completed their quota of foreign players. They can only bid for Indian players. Meanwhile, have a look at the Ben Stokes miracle in the 2017 IPL Auction.

10:55 hrs IST: Imran Tahir, the No.1 spinner in T20Is and ODis, goes unsold! That is a shock.

Trent Boult was picked up for Rs 5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders. (Getty Images)

10:54 hrs IST: Pragyan Ojha is up next. He goes unsold. His base price was Rs 50 lakhs.

10:53 hrs IST: Brad Hogg, the 46-year-young legspinner is in. His base price is Rs 50 lakhs. He goes unsold.

10:52 hrs IST: The first player in the lot is Lakshan Sandakan, the Sri Lankan left arm Chinaman. He goes unsold. Ish Sodhi is up next. He is again unsold. This time it stands.

10:50 hrs IST: Spinners are up next and Ish Sodhi, the New Zealand legspinner is the first player. He goes unsold. Hold on, the auctioneer got the number and player wrong. It stands cancelled.

10:48 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma goes unsold. That is a big surprise.

10:47 hrs IST: Kyle Abbott is up next. He is now a Kolpak player. He goes unsold. His base price was Rs 1.5 crore. Unsold

10:46 hrs IST: Mitchell Johnson sold to Mumbai Indians for his base price of Rs 2 crore. He played for them in the 2013 edition.

10:44 hrs IST: Pat Cummins snapped up by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 4.5 crore.

10:43 hrs IST: Pat Cummins is on Rs 2 crore. SRH have bid for him and it is has crossed 4 crores.

Tymal Mills was snapped up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 12 crore. (BCCI)

10:39 hrs IST: Another 10 crore player in this auction. This time is Tymal Mills. He is sold to RCB for Rs 12 crore.

10:38 hrs IST: RCB have jumped in. His base price is touching Rs 8 crore.

10:36 hrs IST: Tymal Mills is the next bowler and Mumbai Indians open the bid for Rs 5o lakhs. KXIP and MI are bidding and his price has gone past 2.5 crore.

10:35 hrs IST: Trent Boult sold to KKR for Rs 5 crore.

10:34 hrs IST: Trent Boult is up next. Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders are bidding for him. He has gone past 5 crores.

10:32 hrs IST: His price has gone past Rs 5 crores. He is sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 5 crore.

10:31 hrs IST: Kagiso Rabada is up next. His base price is Rs 1 crore. Kings XI Punjab have opened the bid. Delhi Daredevils jump into the fray.

10:29 hrs IST: The fast bowlers are up next. Nathan Coulter-Nile is the first player in this set. He played for Delhi Daredevils in the 2016 edition. He is unsold.

10:28 hrs IST: Johnson Charles goes unsold. Dinesh Chandimal is up next. He also goes unsold.

10:27 hrs IST: Nicholas Pooran, the West Indies wicketkeeper, is up next. Mumbai Indians have bid for him. He is sold to Mumbai Indians for his base price of Rs 30 lakhs.

10:25 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow is up next. His base price is Rs 1.5 crores. He goes unsold. The auctioneer with a cheeky response, “he is no longer friends with Ben Stokes.” Andre Fletcher, West Indies wicketkeeper, goes unsold.

10:23 hrs IST: The wicketkeepers are up next for the auction. Ben Dunk is the first player in this set. His base price is Rs 30 lakhs. He is unsold.

10:20 hrs IST: Stephen Fleming says, “There is an element of risk when spend big-time money, but we are ready to take that risk. We look strong on paper. It’s the top 8 that you really have to respect. You have got three captains so you have leadership. We have bowlers, allrounders in Mitch Marsh and Stokes.”

10:15 hrs IST: Rising Pune Supergiants only have Rs 3 crore balance. Time for the other teams to cash in.

10:12 hrs IST: Session highlights so far. Ben Stokes steals the show with record Rs 14.5 crore, Angelo Mathews and Eoin Morgan snapped up for their base price. Pawan Negi the highest Indian with Rs 1 crore.

10:08 hrs IST: The big highlight of the session. Ben Stokes going for a record sum of Rs 14.5 crore, the most expensive international player ever.

10:04 hrs IST: Sean Abbott goes unsold. Chris Jordan is next with a base price of Rs 50 lakh. He goes unsold.

England’s Ben Stokes has become the highest bid international player in the IPL after he went to Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 14.5 crores. (AFP)

10:03 hrs IST: Ben Stokes goes to RPS for Rs 14.5 crore. He becomes the highest international player in the IPL, surpassing Shane Watson’s mark of Rs 9.5 crore. Corey Anderson goes to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1 crore, his base price.

10:00 hrs IST: Can Stokes break the record? Sunrisers Hyderabad are out of the fray.

09:58 hrs IST: Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab, along with Sunrisers Hyderabad are in the fray now. Stokes has touched 13 crores. Now, Rising Pune Supergiants have bid and it has touched Rs 13.5 crores. Incredible.

09:55 hrs IST: Delhi Daredevils have jumped in. Stokes’ price has touched 8 crore. It has touched 9 crores. He has touched 10 crores.

09:53 hrs IST: Ben Stokes is the next player in the Rs 2 crore bracket. Mumbai Indians have bid for him. MI and RCB are bidding for him. His price has gone past 4 crores. He has gone past 5 crores

09:52 hrs IST: Irfan Pathan is the next player. His base price is Rs 50 lakhs and he goes unsold.

09:51 hrs IST: Very late bid for Angelo Mathews by Delhi Daredevils. He is sold to Delhi Daredevils for his base price of Rs 2 crore.

09:49 hrs IST: Pawan Negi sold to RCB for Rs 1 crore.

09:46 hrs IST: Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions are opening up the bid. His price has gone up to over 50 lakhs. RPS is out. Royal Challengers Bangalore have jumped into the fray. Sunrisers Hyderabad have also jumped into the fray. His price has gone past Rs 1 crore.

09:45 hrs IST: The next batch is up for grabs. Pawan Negi, the top Indian pick of the 2016 Auction at Rs 8.5 crore is up. Rising Pune Supergiants have opened up the bid.

09:43 hrs IST: Saurabh Tiwary is the next player in the auction. So far, the bidding has been very cautious. He also goes unsold

09:42 hrs IST: Alex Hales is the next player in the acution. His base price is Rs 1 crore. He goes unsold as well. Ross Taylor is the next player. He is also unsold.

09:41 hrs IST: Faiz Fazal is up next. His base price is Rs 30 lakhs. He goes unsold. as well.

09:40 hrs IST: Jason Roy goes unsold.

09:38 hrs IST: Eoin Morgan is sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2 crore. On his base price.

09:37 hrs IST: Eoin Morgan is the next player in the auction. He is in the high-end of the bracket with Rs 2 crore. KXIP have started the bid with Rs 200 lakhs

09:36 hrs IST: Martin Guptill is the first player in the auction. His base price is Rs 50 lakhs. He goes unsold.

09:32 hrs IST: The history of the IPL is being showed. Right from the first auction till the first match and the journey of the tournament.

09:30 hrs IST: Rahul Johri, the BCCI CEO, is giving the opening address. The IPL Auction is now open.

09:27 hrs IST: The administrators are in attendance. All the teams are present. Ready, set go for the auction.

09:22 hrs IST: The Committee of Administrators have come. Mahela Jayawardene sports a big smile as he enters the room. We are minutes away from the auction.

09:14 hrs IST: We are only 15 minutes away from the auction. What will be the strategy of the teams? Which teams will buy aggressively?

09:05 hrs IST: In the current line-up, KKR are still showing Andre Russell to be retained. Strange! The West Indies all-rounder has been banned for one year for violating the WADA whereabouts clause. However, the appeal is still pending.

08:59 hrs IST: This IPL Auction could be a low key affair. But, according to reports, there will be one notable absence. That will be the absence of the Right to Match (RTM).

08:55 hrs IST: Looking at the composition of the teams prior to the auction, Kolkata Knight Riders are the team that might go on a big shopping spree today. They need both local and foreign players.

MS Dhoni was axed as the captain of Rising Pune Supergiants. (Hindustan Times)

08:41 hrs IST: There has been some interesting news leading into the build-up of the 2017 IPL Auction. MS Dhoni has been axed as captain of Rising Pune Supergiants while Mitchell Starc has ended his association with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

08:33 hrs IST: Heading into the IPL Auction, Kings XI Punjab (Rs 23.31 cr) and Delhi Daredevils (Rs 23.1 cr) have the maximum purse while Mumbai Indians (Rs 11.5 cr) have the least purse.

08:30 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the 2017 IPL Auction. It is that time of the year when players are traded and teams look for a fresh composition ahead of the 2017 IPL. This is the final auction before the 2018 IPL, when all the teams and players go into the auction pool.

The 2017 IPL Auction will witness over 350 players go under the hammer. The likes of Ben Stokes, Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan are all expected to garner big money. With a maximum of 27 players allowed in every squad with nine overseas players, the eight franchises will be weighing their options.

Kings XI Punjab have the highest auction purse with Rs 23.1 crore, followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore with Rs 22.8 crore. RCB have been dealt a big blow with Mitchell Starc not featuring in this IPL. Mumbai Indians have the least purse with 11.5 crores but they have the most number of players with 20. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders have the least number of players in the squad with 14 and they will be eyeing a big chunk of players in the auction.

Amongst the Indian players, the likes of Ishank Jaggi, who starred in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Prithvi Shaw are the big drawcards. Amongst the lesser known players, the likes of Mohammad Shehzad and Mohammad Nabi will also be the big attractions. Will the franchises be interested in them? Which Indian uncapped player will set the stage alight? All answers will be known on Monday.