The English players Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills both admitted that their lives have been changed overnight, as they secured life-altering contracts with Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively during a bidding frenzy IPL auction.
Mills, the emerging England T20 player, has attracted a bid of whopping 12 crore INR (USD 1.8 million), the most ever paid to a fast bowler, and a sum which is 24 times the base his initial base price of 74,000 USD.
Meanwhile, Ben Stokes was signed for a record-breaking fee of 14.5 crores (USD 2.16 million), the most ever paid to an overseas signing. It has been a couple of eventful weeks for the seasoned all-rounder, who was also named Vice Captain to Joe Root in Tests after Alastair Cook called it quits.
“It’s been a pretty incredible week and, considering you normally have your most exciting times when you’re playing, it’s been an amazing and interesting few days,” Ben Stokes said.
“I set my alarm for 3.30am, got up and waited about 40 minutes for my turn in the auction. I was anxious, not really knowing what would happen. I was following it on Twitter, I didn’t actually see it live. I kept on refreshing my notifications, I saw people were tweeting and then I realised that Pune had got me.”
“I wasn’t sure how much a Crore was, people were retweeting stuff, it was complete carnage,” he said. “I still haven’t seen the footage. I hadn’t thought about how much I would go for. I guess having more than one team wanting me was probably the best position to be in.
“I just wanted to get picked up and play. I haven’t been able to play in the past so that was the main thing, anything else was just a bonus. I’m looking forward to getting out there and getting involved.
“Seven times my base amount – that’s mental and it hasn’t sunk in yet, but pretty cool to think about I guess. Hopefully I’ll live up to it, win a few games and deliver on what they’ve paid for me. It’s a life changing amount of money, I can’t really say more than that. I’m really thankful and grateful for how it went this morning. I’m struggling to put it into words.
“It has all been a bit hectic and I haven’t had much time to think about it. I’m just seriously excited about getting going.”
Mills also said that he didn’t expect to be picked for that much sum and that it has been a ‘crazy day’ for him.
“I can’t believe it. I can’t put into words what happened,” Tymal Mills said. “I did not see this coming and it took a while for it to sink in. It has been a crazy day. I was the lowest of the base prices because I just wanted to get picked up by a team. I didn’t want to wait until July for my next cricket.”
“When my name came up I was nervous, giddy and jumpy,” Mills said. “I was on Facetime with my best mate and he just kept shouting. The bidding was quite slow but once it hit 10 Crore I knew it was big money, but it kept going. When it finished I did not know how much it was worth. When I worked it out I could not believe it, it did not seem real. It’s an amount of money that can change your life. It will for me.
“I went for breakfast with Luke Wright after watching the auction and he said the back injury might have been the best thing that ever happened to me. It was sad at the time, being 22 and having to think about retiring from the game, but being able to focus on T20 has accelerated my development.
“This is my first winter on the T20 circuit. I’ve played in the Big Bash, have the IPL coming up and am looking forward to playing with the Sussex lads in the Blast this summer too.
“It’s been fun. I’ve travelled the world and met some cool people. I’m grateful.” he said.
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