AB de Villiers, IPL,RCB
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

AB de Villiers, a former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) cricketer, says England all-rounder Ben Stokes is underpaid. This is despite the fact that he signed a lucrative contract with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) during the IPL Auction 2023 in Kochi.

CSK paid INR 16.25 crores for England Test captain Ben Stokes on Friday, December 23. This is the highest purchase for the four-time IPL champions in IPL auction history.

IPL Auction 2023- Ben Stokes Bought By CSK For INR 16.25 Crores
IPL Auction 2023- Ben Stokes Bought By CSK For INR 16.25 Crores

In the IPL auction 2023, he was likewise the third most expensive pick. However, RCB veteran AB de Villiers is of the opinion that there is no amount that equals Stokes’ potential.

Speaking on JioCinema on the abilities and skills of the England all-rounder, Mr 360° said: “Yaa lucky team (CSK). Don’t think there’s any amount of money for Ben Stokes in my opinion. An unbelievable player, he is a leader, his experience with both bat and ball in the field.”

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. Pic Credits: Twitter.

“He is going to win you games in cricket and that’s what you want. I actually think he is a bit undervalued, in my opinion, and underpaid. He is going to bring a lot to the party.”

“Ben Stokes is a steal at Rs 16.25 crore”: Eoin Morgan

Former England captain Eoin Morgan believes Stokes is a deal for Rs 16.25 crore, citing the expertise he offers in high-pressure situations.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. Pic Credits: Twitter.

“Whatever it takes to get Ben Stokes, do it. He is a major gaming player. As we witnessed in the World Cup final, he can summon the calmer, cooler version of himself whenever he needs to. He is free to take the new ball. It is simply a whole bundle. What is available for spending?” Morgan said.

Stokes drew attention from Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals, and Lucknow Super Giants, who quickly raised the price to over Rs 10 crore. Late bidder Chennai Super Kings purchased the Stokes for Rs. 16.25 crore, which is tied for the third-highest price ever paid at an IPL auction.

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