President's Address to the Nation on the eve of Republic Day

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President's Address to the Nation on the eve of Republic Day

Last season, Stokes became the highest paid global player in IPL history when he was signed for £1.7 million by the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise.

Seventeen players were sold for more than Rs 5 crore, with England's Ben Stokes being the biggest sell, having been auctioned to the Rajasthan Royals for Rs 12.5 crore. While Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians were fighting for taking him in their respective team, Sunrisers Hyderabad played the Right to Match card and ended up retaining him for Rs 5.2 crore.

CSK bid for Ashwin till the mark of four crores and left him.

England captain Joe Root, West Indies legend Chris Gayle and Australia veteran Mitchell Johnson were three of the high-profile players to miss out.

Delhi Daredevils, however, got their probable captain in Gautam Gambhir for a dirt cheap Rs 2.80 crore while Chennai Super Kings bought Harbhajan Singh at his base price of Rs 2 crore. Put in the uncapped player category with a starting price of $3,125, the prolific batsman from Mumbai is being compared to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

The major disappointment though is that Ashwin Ravichandran the star spinner has gone to Kings Eleven Punjab.

Who are the IPL marquee players?
Bhajji will now play under Dhoni once again.Faf Du Plessis will also once again don the yellow of Chennai Super Kings after they used the Right to Match card on him.

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Preity, however, wasn't very disappointed as she managed to get some of the best Indian cricketers in Yuvraj Singh (2 crore INR) and KL Rahul (11 crore INR).

"We are restarting, we needed an all-rounder and hence we picked up Stokes", Royals executive chairman Ranjit Borthakur said.

While 360 of the 578 players are Indians, the remaining comprise of some of the biggest worldwide T20 names in the shortest format of the game.

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc also made big money and was bought for Rs. 9.4 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders.

Over the course of a decade, these auctions have become a big event, generating plenty of excitement and interest while throwing up quite a few surprises and curveballs. Mumbai Indians got Ajinkya Rahane for Rs 4 crore, but Rajasthan Royals had him back with RTM. New Zealand's Kane Williamson also went back to his old franchise, Sunrisers, for INR 3 crore (USD 468,000 approx) - without the use of a RTM.

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