West Indies basman Chris Gayle has gone unsold in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.
The attacking opener, who is the most successful player in the shorter version of the game and has amassed more than 12 thousand runs with 22 centuries, had the base price of INR 2 crores but none of the eight franchises lifted flag for him.
It was a big surprise in the IPL as he has been a crowd favourite in India and played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the previous season. Paricularly, he had been menacing in the recent Twenty20 leagues across the world.
Meanwhile, England’s controversial allrounder Ben Stokes has been sold for INR 12.5 crore to Rajasthan Royals which is returning to the IPL after a two-year hiatus. Rajasthan had already retained Australian skipper Steven Smith for the current season.
Stokes’ price, however, is INR 2 crores less than what Rising Pune Supergiants paid in the previous edition.
Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc has drawn up the second best bid after he was sold for INR 9.60 crores to Kolkata Knigh Riders.
Indian spinner and 2016 ICC Player of the Year Ravichandran Ashwin has been sold for INR 7.50 crores. He will be playing for Kings XI Punjab.