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.
Updated - Jan 27, 2018 11:56 pm
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.
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) January 27, 2018
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.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 27, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 27, 2018
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.
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) January 27, 2018
— Manish Pandey (@im_manishpandey) January 27, 2018
— Karun Nair (@karun126) January 27, 2018
Also, the Australian duo, Glenn Maxwell and Mitch Starcweres picked by Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively. Here is what they tweeted.
Thank you to the @lionsdenkxip for the last 4 years! The opportunities you provided for me have helped mould me in to the player and person I am today. I’m extremely excited to be able to return to the place where I started my IPL career! Cant wait @DelhiDaredevils! #IPL2018
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) January 27, 2018
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) January 27, 2018
Here are some more tweets from the players after Day-1 of the auctions:
Happy to be back at @lionsdenkxip I guess this year it’s about self belief and pride ! See u punjabiyon ? also my favourite team owner @realpreityzinta got you a very chatty partner @hazelkeech ? @virendersehwag look forward to some great strategies together with the legend !
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) January 27, 2018
— Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) January 27, 2018
— Moeen Ali (@MoeenAli) January 27, 2018
— Chris Woakes (@chriswoakes) January 27, 2018
— Manan Vohra (@ImMananVohra) January 27, 2018
Challengers, our new allrounders @MoeenAli and @chriswoakes want to say Hi!
We can't to see you guys at #PlayBold at the Chinnaswamy!
Watch our FB LIVE at https://t.co/HqYdvEnnur #BidForBold pic.twitter.com/0ooqa09m7b
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) January 27, 2018
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 27, 2018
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) January 27, 2018
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) January 27, 2018
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) January 27, 2018