England all-rounder Ben Stokes stole the show at the IPL Players' Auction as he was bought by Rising Pune Supergiants for a record Rs 14.50 crore to become the most expensive foreign purchase ever, while his compatriot Tymal Mills also hit the jackpot as he was snapped up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 12 crore.
Eight franchises collectively spent Rs 91.15 crore to buy 66 players from a pool of 350 plus that went under the hammer.
Also making a splash were young Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan Arman, who stunned one and all by getting a Rs 4 crore bid from Sunrisers Hyderabad, and spin-bowling all-rounder Mohammed Nabi, also going to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 30 lakh.
The duo will be the first set of Afghan players to take part in the T20 league.
The uncapped Indian players had a field day too with little-known Tamil Nadu left-arm seamer T Natarajan going for Rs 3 crore to Kings XI Punjab, a 30-fold hike over his base price of Rs 10 lakh, while leg-spinner Karn Sharma signed up for Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.2 crore.
Check out the top 10 buys at this year's IPL Auction:
Ben Stokes ₹14,50,00,000
England's Ben Stokes fetched a staggering $2.17 million with the Rising Pune Supergiants splashing out in a frenzied bidding war to land the explosive all-rounder.
Tymal Mills ₹12,00,00,000
Tymal Mills, Stokes's England Twenty20 team mate, was snapped up for ₹12,00,00,000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore, who will look to benefit from the left-arm fast bowler's ability to combine great pace with economy.
Trent Boult ₹5,00,00,000
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult was picked by KKR at ₹ 5 crore.
Kagiso Rabada ₹5,00,00,000
Daredevils bought South African paceman Kagiso Rabada for ₹ 5 crore after some bidding.
Patrick Cummins ₹4,50,00,000
Australian paceman Pat Cummins also profited handsomely. He was eventually sold to Delhi for ₹4,50,00,000.
Chris Woakes ₹4,20,00,000
All-rounder Chris Woakes was the third England player to get a hefty payday, going to Kolkata Knight Riders for ₹4,20,00,000.
Rashid Khan Arman ₹4,00,00,000
Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for ₹4,00,00,000.
Mohammad Nabi became the first Afghanistan player to be bought in the IPL with Sunrisers Hyderabad offering three million rupee for the all-rounder.
Nathan Coulter-Nile ₹3,50,00,000
KKR strengthened the bowling attack by buying Nathan Coulter-Nile for 3,50,00,000.
Karn Sharma ₹3,20,00,000
India discard Karn Sharma went to Mumbai Indians for ₹3.2 crore.
T Natarajan ₹3,00,00,000
Little-known Tamil Nadu left-arm seamer T Natarajan was bought for Rs 3 crore to Kings XI Punjab, a 30-fold hike over his base price of ₹ 10 lakh.