#IPLAuction dominated social media all of Saturday as 351 cricketers went under the hammer to finalise this year’s teams for the Indian Premier League. Paddles were raised promising exorbitantly high prices for some obscure players, while a number of bigshots went unsold. Reactions ranging from succinct analysis to confusion and mock outrage marked most tweets as players were allotted to teams through the course of the day.
The composition of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team was the subject of much discussion because of the calibre of players they were acquiring, but more so because the presence of boss Vijay Mallya at the auction.
RCB looking like a fantasy behemoth yet again, but now no purse to pick local players #iplauction— maxdavinci (@maxdavinci) February 6, 2016
Release him. Get him back. Release him. Get him back.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) February 6, 2016
RCB treats Yuvraj Singh the way Yerwada Jail treated Sunjay Dutt.#IPLAuction
Vijay Mallya just sacrificed 100 kingfisher employees to please Watson.— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) February 6, 2016
To see Mr.Mallya throw out crores in IPL auction and on the other hand have tons to repay as loan is the greatest irony #IPLAuction— Sujith Kumar (@sujithkumar13) February 6, 2016
Lurid picture of Capitalism - Mallya won't pay his employees for months, but smirks and gloats when he clinches a player #IPLAuction— Swastika (@amiteshjas) February 6, 2016
Comments on how RCB was splurging so early in the day also made its way into the Twitter universe.
The Delhi Daredevils team’s corner at the auction was the quieter one as they entered the bidding process only after the first few rounds. Conspicuous in their absence at the start, the Delhi team failed to escape the all-seeing eye of Twitterati.
Delhi to bid in only odd numbered bidding rounds #iplauction— maxdavinci (@maxdavinci) February 6, 2016
Did Delhi Daredevils reach the auction venue or they had an odd numbered car.— dorku (@Dorkstar) February 6, 2016
Some players garnered more interest than others, especially Pawan Negi and Martin Guptill - one because of the remarkably high fee he was sold for and the other for going unsold despite being in form.
Smith over Guptill hahaha hahaha haha— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) February 6, 2016
Martin Guptill the highest run scorer in T20s to have never played the IPL.#IPLAuction— Abhishek (@absycric) February 6, 2016
8.5 cr for Negi! Everyone expected him to get a good contract. You'd have been hard-pressed to get a 8.5 cr prediction though #IPLAuction— The Ring Side View (@theringsideview) February 6, 2016
Pawan Negi 8.5 crores. Retirement plan before career even started.— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) February 6, 2016
Pawan Negi would be dancing up and down seeing himself geting 8.5 crs n the higgest Indian player sold leaving Yuvi behind. #IPLAuction— --Crazy_Boy-- (@iamsh7) February 6, 2016
Not a bad time to be Pawan Negi ?????? #IPLAuction— cricoholic (@Karthik4_ever) February 6, 2016
Starting with Gujarat. Ending up in Delhi. Sanju Samson, the Modi of IPL.#IPLAuction— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) February 6, 2016
The effectiveness or the futility of all these buys will be put to test from April 9 when the 9th season of IPL begins.