England all-rounder Ben Stokes was the costliest buy at the IPL players' auction on Monday, going to Rising Pune Supergiants for a whopping Rs 14.50 crore even as some unheralded Indian domestic players also enjoyed a hefty pay day here.
The other big buy at the auction was also an England player, left-arm fast bowler Tymal Mills, who was taken by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a mind-boggling Rs 12 crore.
Also making a splash were young Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan Arman, who stunned one and all by getting a Rs 4 crore bid from Sunrisers Hyderabad, and spin-bowling all-rounder Mohammed Nabi, also going to SRH.
The uncapped Indian players had a field day too with little-known Tamil Nadu left-arm seamer T Natarajan going for Rs 3 crore to Kings XI Punjab, 30-fold hike over his base price of Rs 10 lakh.
Rajasthan's left-arm pacer Aniket Chaudhary, who has been a net bowler with the Indian Test squad for some time, also bagged a cool Rs 2 crore deal from RCB.
Karnataka's young off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham got a Rs 2 crore winning bid from Mumbai Indians.
India discards Varun Aaron fetched Rs 2.8 crore from Kings XI Punjab while leg-spinner Karn Sharma was bought for Rs 3.2 crore from Mumbai Indians.
For left-arm spinner Pawan Negi, it was another hefty pay day as he bagged a Rs one crore deal from RCB starting at a base price of Rs 30 lakh.
It was definitely much less than last year when Negi's Rs 8.5 crore deal with Delhi Daredevils had surprised one and all. But being an Indian player proved to be his advantage.
For senior Test players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma, it turned out to be an embarrassment as both went unsold at their base prices of Rs 50 lakh and Rs 2 crore respectively.
The day certainly turned out to be a good one for the England players with Stokes hogging the limelight but speedster Tymal Mills wasn't far behind. Both Stokes and Mills ended up entered the million-dollar bracket with the former fetching USD 2.16 million and the latter going for USD 1.8 million.