February 21, 2017 7:12:26 pm
#IPLAuction topped worldwide trends on Monday, February 20, across social media websites and platforms. Cricket fans just could not stop talking about record-breaking purchases made across the auction tables. Fans, teams, players, owners and journalists shared their reactions regarding the announcement and other highlights in real-time on Twitter as the tenth edition of the #IPLAuction.
More than 230,000 Tweets related to #IPLAuction were sent in real-time over the one-day, or even lesser, auction. This shows the popularity that the IPL has gained over the years. One of the hottest topics of the auction was the price tag of Rs 14.5 crores of English all-rounder Ben Stokes. He along with compatriot Tymal Mills (Rs 12 crore) made all the noise. Stokes’ price tag of Rs 14.5 crore made him the highest overseas purchase in IPL’s history.
Much to delight of the cricketing fraternity, another piece of history was made at the IPL Auctios as Mohammad Nabi became the first Afghanistan cricketer to join the IPL. The inclusion of Nabi along with fellow teammate Rashid Khan sent social media buzzing as Afghanistan gained representation in the IPL for the first time. Chirag Suri from United Arab Emirates (UAE) also found a franchise in the form of Gujarat Lions who bagged him for Rs 30 lakhs.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 20 February 2017
— Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) 20 February 2017
— Tymal Mills (@tmills15) 20 February 2017
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 19 February 2017
Meanwhile, the real-time experience of the #IPLAuction was taken to the next level as 11,000 viewers tuned in to watch Richard Madley share his live video broadcast on Periscope.
The highest activity was at 11.33 AM IST when 460 tweets were sent per minute.
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