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Stokes sold for record $2.16m at IPL
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Stokes sold for record $2.16m at IPL

Ben Stokes became the most expensive foreign player in IPL history when he was bought by the Rising Pune SuperGiants for more than $2 million at auction Monday.

The 25-year-old fetched seven times the amount of England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan, who was sold to the Kings XI Punjab for 300,000 dollars in the opening stages of the IPL cricket auction being held in Bangalore.

Stokes attracted multiple bids from the rival franchises competing in the eight-team Twenty20 tournament before the gavel finally came down after Pune put in a bid of around 2.16 million US dollars.

The winning bid shattered the previous record paid for a foreign star, which was set in 2014 when the Delhi Daredevils shelled out 90 million rupees for former England captain Kevin Pietersen.