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Chakravarthy's Joy to Tiwary's Disappointment: How Players Reacted to the Auction

Sixty players were sold in the IPL Auction on Tuesday, with franchises picking players depending on availability among other factors.

Cricketnext Staff |December 20, 2018, 8:24 AM IST
Chakravarthy's Joy to Tiwary's Disappointment: How Players Reacted to the Auction

Sixty players were sold in the IPL Auction on Tuesday (December 18), with franchises picking players depending on availability among other factors.

When it comes to international players, all eyes were on Shimron Hetmyer and how big teams would go in for him. And it didn’t turn out to be a surprise when he went for a high price of Rs. 4.2 Cr. After he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore, the big-hitting West Indian took to Twitter and said “Can’t wait to join you guys (RCB).”

He then later pushed out a video.

England all-rounder Sam Curran, however, eclipsed Hetmyer to become the highest paid overseas player in this auction, getting picked by Kings XI Punjab for Rs. 7.2 Cr.

A lot of uproar from fans was seen on social media when Yuvraj Singh was not picked by any side in the first round. Once the highest paid player in the IPL, the southpaw’s form has declined in the last two years. Finally, he name was called back in the accelerated round and he was snapped by Mumbai Indians for Rs. 1 Cr. ‘Ab maza ayega’ said Yuvraj in a Twitter clip, which loosely translates to ‘Let the fun begin’.

Another capped Indian player, Mohit Sharma also raised a bidding war. And it was a Chennai Super Kings who picked up the Indian seamer, a return after a stint with Kings XI Punjab. "I cannot explain words what it feels like going back to Chennai,” said Mohit to Cricketnext. “To be very honest, I feel like I am going back home now. Everything that I have received in my life is from Chennai. I have played all my cricket from Chennai."

The IPL Auction always brings unearthed talent into the spotlight, and it was no different on Tuesday. Among the many who were sold, Prabhsimran Kaur and Varun Chakravarthy stole the headlines. Here’s how they reacted to their sale in the auction, speaking exclusively to Cricketnext.

Varun Chakravarthy: “I was following the auction and just saying ‘kadavule, kadavule’ (god, god) as the bidding went on. I thought the price was a bit too much, I didn't expect it,” he says, minutes after being picked for the huge sum. “I was thinking they'll take me for my base price (Rs. 20 lakh). I swear I was expecting only to be taken at the base price!”

Prabhsimran Kaur: "I was watching the auction with my parents at home in Patiala and when the bidding for me finally ended they had tears in their eyes. I never even dreamt that I would be picked by such a huge bid from Kings XI. Now I want to prove their faith in me."

Among the many happy faces, there were a few players who were also disappointed at not getting picked in the auction. Indian batsman Manoj Tiwary was left wondering why he was not picked in the auction despite having done well in the tournament. 

Unmukt Chand also took to Twitter after the disappointment.

Here are some of the other cricketers’ reactions:

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