The extension of cricket and Bollywood - Indian Premier League (IPL) is back and cricket fans are excited.
Sixty players were sold in the IPL Auction on Tuesday with franchises going all guns to pick the match winners for non-stop cricket that will commence on April 7, 2019.
Big-hitting West Indian Shimron Hetmyer was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping Rs 4.2 Cr. While England all-rounder Sam Curran became the highest paid overseas player in this auction, getting picked by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.2 Cr.
But the biggest surprise came when Varun Chakravarthy, the mystery spinner from Tamil Nadu, got picked up by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 8.4 Cr, mimicking Jaydev Unadkat's price, who was bagged by Rajasthan Royals.
Like every year, the auction caused a lot of drama on social media.
All are waiting for April 2019 Kids - Avengers Endgame Adults - Game of Thrones - last season Legends - IPL Ultra legends - Elections #IPLAuction — DR. GILL (@ikpsgill1) December 18, 2018
Auctioner after closing the bid for Yuvraj Singh! 😂 #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/SwSqSKiRxJ — Neeraj Ravi (@dreamsndshots) December 18, 2018
Indians right now #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/TpiWJ4WZiR — The Educated Moron (@EducatedMoron) December 18, 2018
Me : yaar jinke bacche is IPL mein nhi bike, unke maa baap par kya gujrati hogi Friend : bhai Tu bhi to berojgar hai , apne maa baap se direct puch sakta hai kaisa lagta hai unhe 😹😹 — ฬ๏кє Evolved Narcissistic ☔ (@GaurangBhardwa1) December 18, 2018
KKR to every unknown player #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/jZId6WrjkY — 💰Quizmaster Venky 🅿️ (@Leg_Cutter) December 18, 2018
Sad to see these talents left unsold in the IPL auction.#IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/OiZUFcXxsl — Kshetrabasi Patra (@gentleman_jitu) December 19, 2018
The eleventh edition of the IPL will begin at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and the first match of the season will be played between defending champions Mumbai Indians and two-time champions Chennai Super Kings.
You can check the entire IPL 2019 schedule here.