Ben Stokes, the current captain of the England Test team, is set to compete in the Indian Premier League (IPL) once more in the forthcoming season of the competition.
At the IPL mini-auction held in Kochi on Friday, the Chennai Super Kings were able to acquire the services of Stokes for the hefty price of Rs 16.25 crore. Earlier in the year, Stokes had declined to participate in the IPL super auction.
CSK entered the race late and eventually bought Ben Stokes, who will be re-united with MS Dhoni, having played with him during their time at the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiants. The bidding war between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Supergiants was intense, but CSK was the team that ultimately bought Stokes. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Supergiants were the teams involved.
After being asked to participate by CSK, Ben Stokes posted a photograph with a simple yellow background to his Instagram story.
CSK are known for being frugal in the spending that they do during IPL auctions; but, this time they chose to go all out to get.
Stokes has surpassed Deepak Chahar as the most expensive player that CSK has ever purchased (Rs 14 crore).
During the media event that took place after the third set, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan was questioned about whether or not he had got any message from captain Dhoni about going for Stokes.
In response to this, Kasi stated that there was no message from Dhoni about going for Stokes, but that the franchise had went into the auction prepared to fork out a lot of money for a big name all-rounder, and that they were glad to have acquired the services of the all-rounder.
CSK would hope that Stokes turns up for the franchise as they attempt to equal Mumbai’s record of 5 titles in the tournament. Stokes has a record that is a bit of a “mixed bag” in the league.
Sam Curran, a countryman of Stokes’s, on the other hand, became the most expensive player in the history of IPL auctions after collecting a staggering Rs 18.5 crore bid from Punjab Kings in Kochi. This made Sam Curran the most expensive player in the history of IPL auctions.