After two days of a fierce bidding war in Bengaluru, over 1,000 players went under the hammer at the conclusion of #IPLAuction, where the eight franchisees managed to rebuild their squads for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (@IPL).
Cricket fans, teams, players, owners and critics shared their reactions regarding the transfers over the weekend, in addition to auction highlights, in real-time on Twitter. The tremendous volume of conversations made the hashtag #IPLAuction top India trends, as the action unfolded on the platform between January 27-28.
More than 770,000 Tweets related to #IPLAuction were sent in real-time over the span of the two-day auction. This was the biggest #IPLAuction on Twitter in the history of @IPL, showcasing the popularity that the IPL has gained over the years.
One of the hottest topics of the auction was the purchase of Jaidev Unadkat (@JUnadkat) and Ben Stokes (@benstokes38), as they emerged to be the most expensive Indian and overseas players respectively, during the auction days.
— Twitter Moments India (@MomentsIndia) January 27, 2018
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) January 29, 2018
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) January 27, 2018
There were some unanticipated and dramatic movements, and as a result cricket fans will see their favorite players playing for new franchisees. Some of the top players such as Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir), Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh), Ravichandran Ashwin (@ashwinravi99) and Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) and many more took to Twitter to express themselves and share their feelings.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 27, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 27, 2018
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) January 27, 2018
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) January 27, 2018
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) January 28, 2018