Jaipur: The high voltage auction of players for Indian Premier Leauge (IPL) 2019 began here on Tuesday. By last evening, eight teams had spent a total of Rs 106.80 crore for the mega event.
Jaydev Unadkat and uncapped Varun Chakaravarthy were the joint costliest players of the auction. England all-rounder Sam Curran was the highest-paid foreign player at the IPL 2019 auction.
While many big players including Brendon McCullum, Dale Steyn, and Morne Morkel remain unsold, Yuvraj Singh got a new team as he was sold to Mumbai Indians(MI) at his base price of Rs 1 crore. Surprisingly, he went unsold in the first round of the bidding.
Retired cricket players are retained by their respective teams as part of their team management. Big names like VVS Laxman, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Kartik, and Mohammed Kaif etc. will shoulder such responsibilities.
As usual, Twitter was buzzing with #IPLAuction as Twitterati was having too much fun even before the IPL starts next year.
Here are a few fan tweets:
Chennai Super King’s fans were overjoyed to have MS Dhoni back in their team. Not just that, they are also already eying the IPL trophy too.
Fans of Yuvraj Singh were elated when the southpaw was roped into MI for the first time in the IPL history. This is what the MI team tweeted:
If you are wondering why this took time…we've just got back to senses!
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 18, 2018
Jaydev Unadkat was yesterday bought at the highest bid. And Twitterati was not far behind in pulling his leg.
— Rounak Verma (@rvrounak_verma) December 18, 2018
Here is another one:
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) December 18, 2018
Interestingly, an IPL fan took a dig at Pakistan and Pakistan Super League(PSL). It might also because of the fact that the final prize money of PSL is Rs. 1.4 million, whereas highest bid player Unadkat was bought at Rs. 1.4 million. Due to strained relations between India and Pakistan, Pakistani cricketers have not been participating in IPL.
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) December 18, 2018
IPL also brings in a bad name with bookies making huge money out of it. A user made fun of the bookies too.
— Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) December 18, 2018
Taking a dig at journalists a user tweeted as follows:
— Supariman™ (@SupariMan_) December 18, 2018
A tweet by another user:
— Chinu Mahapatra. (@MahapatPravat) December 18, 2018
The IPL season is officially yet to start, but the excitement is already sky high for fans worldwide.