Just as the 2014 Indian Premier League players' auction lived up to its promise with no shortage of fun and excitement, Twitter followers were kept hooked too on their mobile and web platforms as team owners, players and celebrities kept the #IPLAuction hashtag trending. This year fans also had the opportunity of engaging in Twitter polls like which team should buy Yuvraj Singh in the 2014 edition gaining the maximum exposure. Here is how the process looked in real-time. (Click here for full IPL coverage)
New Zealand cricket star Ross Taylor expressed through his Twitter account that he was extremely happy to get the opportunity to play for the Delhi Daredevils once again. Taylor had gone unsold in the first day of the auction before he was recalled again by teams and eventually bought by the Delhi franchise in Bangalore on Thursday. (Also read: Uncapped Sharma, Dhawan earn big)
Indian film actress and Kings XI Punjab team co-owner Preity Zinta was all excited during the auction process and this was visible from her post on micro-blogging site Twitter, where she mentioned how her team was only looking for four more players to complete its squad.
However, one of the most interesting tweets was made by England-based CNN broadcaster Piers Morgan who pointed out through his sarcastic post that India had made the right decision in giving Kevin Pietersen the respect he deserved. Pietersen, sacked by England, was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 9 crore.
Well-known cricket broadcaster Harsha Bhogle mentioned in his tweet that most teams had made good decisions during the auction and he was waiting to see a real tussle for the last four places in the IPL this year.
first reaction to #ipl auction. teams much better balanced than previous years, should expect a real tussle for places in last 4- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 13, 2014
The auction can be summarised as one dominated by the money quotient, with Yuvraj Singh breaking the record for the most expensive player in the league, after being picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping Rs 14 crore.