India can never be overloaded with Cricket-related news. In backdrop of the holy grail of Cricket – the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Indian corporates were engaged in player auction of Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 8. While I was watching the Wolrd Cup on one side of the television news, the other window on the television screen flashed the progress on IPL auction.
With #IPLAuction, #WorldCup, #TeamIndia trending on Twitter there was no dearth of cricket-oriented news in India. The Television Rating Point may be dropping for each IPL season but the auction bids by corporate giants show no drop in interest.
Yuvraj Singh was secured at a whopping 16 crores by Delhi Daredevils’ Chief Executive Officer Hemant Dua. And for another 4 crores it won the bid for fast bowler Zaheer Khan. For other teams, the list includes Kevin Pietersen playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Darren Sammy for Royal Challengers Bangalore, and James Neesham for defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, among others.
Tweets by Indian and overseas players flooded Twitter feeds with players expressing interest in the team they have been picked by and as they look forward to the coming season.
The high-priced auction bids for cricket players at IPL continue to intrigue people and with #IPLAuction trending on Twitter, experts did a coverage tracking all the buys for the glamorous IPL while the fans were feed by news of other unexpected buys and rejects at the IPL auction.
However, the 16-crore auction bid for all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was the highlight of the auction with some giving justification and some giving arguments against the same. Delhi Daredevils not only secured Yuvraj Singh but also a place in the history for making the most expensive buy ever in IPL till date. The buy was starling as the Indian cricketer was not selected for the World Cup squad this season.
The World Cup is set to keep the social media users hooked for over a month but the big monies in IPL auction will also continue to trend in India season after season. Sports pundits are not looking at the chart as mere numbers but are reading between the lines to understand the intention of the buys and see if the players will be able to justify the 8-digit spends on them in the IPL.