Rajneesh Gupta gives you the numbers-that-matter from the IPL auction 2017.
Number of players sold in the IPL auction.
Of them, 39 were from India and 27 were overseas players (7 from Australia, 6 from England, 4 each from New Zealand and the West Indies, 2 each from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan and 1 each from South Africa and the UAE).
rupees or Rs 91.15 crore or Rs 911.5 million were spent by the IPL teams on buying the 66 players -- an average of Rs 1.38 crore or Rs 13.8 million per player.
Of this, Rs 66.40 crore (Rs 664 million) went to overseas players (Rs 2.46 crore/Rs 24.6 million per player), and Rs 24.75 crore (Rs 247.5 million) to Indian players (Rs 63.46 lakh/Rs 6.346 million per player).
The ratio of price paid to the base price for the players bought by the Gujarat Lions -- the lowest paid by any franchise at this year's auction.
Interestingly, the Gujarat Lions also spent the money so miserly in the 2016 edition -- 1.77 times the base price (lowest at that time too).
At the other end of the scale, the Royal Challengers Bangalore paid 11.84 times the base price in this edition -- the highest among all eight franchises.
Players bought by the Gujarat Lions -- the most by any franchise this year.
The Delhi Daredevils, the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Rising Pune Supergiant picked up 9 players each, followed by the Kings XI Punjab and the Sunrisers Hyderabad (8 each), the Mumbai Indians (7) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (5).
Number of times the base price T Natarajan was bought by the Kings XI Punjab -- from Rs 10 lakh (Rs 1 million) to Rs 3 crore (Rs 30 million).
This was the highest ratio among all the buys in this auction.
Tymal Mills went for 24 times his base price (Rs 50 lakhs/Rs 5 million to Rs 12 crores/Rs 120 million) to the Royal Challengers Bangalore
Number of players released by franchises before the auction who managed a price better than what they were getting from the old franchise.
Varun Aaron was being paid Rs 2 crore (Rs 20 million) by the Royal Challengers Bangalore before being released. He was snapped up by the Kings XI Punjab for Rs.2.8 crore (Rs 28 million).
Eoin Morgan was being paid Rs 1.5 crore (Rs 15 million) by the Sunrisers Hdyerabad and was snapped up by the Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2 crore (Rs 20 million).
Trent Boult was paid Rs 5 crore (Rs 50 million) by the Kolkata Knight Riders (he was getting Rs 3.8 crore/Rs 38 million) from the Sunrisers Hyderabad).
Reduction in the value for Pawan Negi. He was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for Rs 8.5 crore (Rs 85 million) last year.
This year he could get only Rs 1 crore (Rs 10 million). He can take solace from the fact that he still managed a decent deal.
Ishant Sharma, who was bought by the Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 3.8 crore last year, had no takers at this auction.
Rs 14.5 crore/Rs 145 million spent by the Rising Pune Supergiants for Ben Stokes -- the most expensive buy in this auction.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore paid Rs 12 crore for Tymal Mills.
Two players -- Kagiso Rabada and Trent Boult -- fetched Rs 5 crore each from the Delhi Daredevils and the Kolkata Knight Riders respectively.
Among the Indian players, Karn Sharma was the most expensive buy at Rs 3.2 crore (Rs 32 million by the Mumbai Indians), followed by T Natarajan at Rs 3 crore (by the Kings XI Punjab).
Rs 3.85 crore/Rs 38.5 million spent by the Gujarat Lions at the auction, the least by any franchise.
They picked as many as six players at the base price of Rs 10 lakh and one at a base price of Rs 30 lakh.
Their costliest buy was Jason Roy for whom they paid Rs 1 crore (also at base price!).
The highest sell to base price ratio for the Lions was 8.5 (paying Rs 85 lakhs for Basil Thampi as against the base price of 10 lakh).