IPL 2018: Cricketers express happiness after being brought in the auction

Cricketers express happiness after being bought in the IPL auction

From Ashwin to Rashid Khan, here is how cricketers reacted after being picked in the auction.

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The Indian Premier League(IPL) auction is taking the entire world by a storm. With a mega-auction being conducted after close to a decade, there are some very big names back into the auction. Many iconic players who represented their teams for 10 long years were back into the auction fold.

Players like Ben Stokes, Yuvraj Singh, Chris Lynn are all back into the auction. There were some big names in the auctions back in 2011. It is only after seven years that they have taken part in the auction. There are 578 players who will go under auctioneer Richard Madley’s hammer. Also, Madley today said that he has been using the same golden gabble for the last 10 auctions. It will be no different this time around.

Top cricketers express their happiness after being picked in IPL

The teams have earlier retained some big names in the auction. Legends like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and many others were kept back by the franchises. This auction has also seen some players go for some big bids.

Many cricketers grabbed some big deals in the IPL auction. Shikhar Dhawan was the first player who got into the auctions. Although KXIP successfully bid for him at Rs 5.2 crores, the SRH chose to use their RTM for him. Ben Stokes was bought by the Rajasthan Royals for Rs 12.5 crores. He was the most expensive player in the first marquee set. Further, Mitchell Starc got the second highest bid in this set at a massive Rs. 9.4 crores. He was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Moreover, the players expressed their happiness about being picked on Twitter. Ravichandran Ashwin was the first cricketer to take it to Twitter. He expressed his happiness over KXIP picking him and also thanked CSK for all the memories.

Also, Gautam Gambhir wanted to end his IPL career by playing for his home team. And guess what, Delhi picked him in the auction. Further, Harbhajan Singh too expressed his happiness and tweeted in Tamil.

Manish Pandey too was picked by SRH for a whopping Rs. 11 crores. He said that he will give his best for the team and also thanked the previous franchise. Karun Nair too was picked by the Kings XI. He also expressed his happiness. Hard-hitting batsman Yusuf Pathan was picked by the SRH.

Also, the Australian duo, Glenn Maxwell and Mitch Starcweres picked by Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively. Here is what they tweeted.

Here are some more tweets from the players after Day-1 of the auctions: