Updated: February 19, 2021 11:34:48 am
After the global pandemic cast its shadow on Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, with the event moving to the Emirates and fans forced to cheer their favourite franchises from back home, the auction for the upcoming edition of the cash-rich tournament saw palpable enthusiasm not just among the franchisees but also among netizens. As the managements of the eight teams were caught up in the bidding game, a match of memes online kept everyone entertained simultaneously.
Not just fans, even franchises couldn’t stop poking fun at one another after losing or winning a bid, while others welcomed players into their new teams. However, what really kept everyone hooked on to the auction were some unexpected events — be it the tussle to secure marquee South African all-rounder Chris Morris or the bidding war for maverick Australian star Glenn Maxwell.
What was even more surprising was that Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun dominated Twitter trends even before the auction started, with many sharing memes on which franchise the all-rounder would land up in. There was confusion as well over names as cricket experts had to point out that Sachin Baby is not Tendulkar’s son, while others were surprised to see Shah Rukh Khan’s name trending on the platform, only to realise that it wasn’t KKR owner and actor but a promising batsman from Kerala.
From Chris Morris becoming the most expensive buy in the IPL auction to Chennai bringing red-ball specialist Cheteshwar Pujara on board, check out some of the most talked about moments during the bidding game.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) February 18, 2021
Moeen Ali: My age is 30+
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) February 18, 2021
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) February 18, 2021
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) February 18, 2021
— Hunटरर ♂🥳 (@nickhunterr) February 18, 2021
— رومانا (@RomanaRaza) February 18, 2021
RCB and CSK bidding for Maxwell
— Nobita (@Harami_Nobita) February 18, 2021
Masterstroke By CSK !!!
— sâgâr (@sagarcastic45) February 18, 2021
— 󠄪 󠄪 (@SlowYorker) February 18, 2021
We live in a society,,,,,👇
Shah rukh khan : 5.25 Cr
Steve Smith : 2.25 Cr
— ब्रह्मवादिनी 🙅 (@NehaV_Jain) February 18, 2021
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