History was made at this year’s #IPLAuction as Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) became the first Afghanistan cricketer to join VIVO @IPL while Ben Stokes (@BenStokes38) breaks record with 14.5 crores (US$2.16 million) fee for an overseas player from the Rising Pune Supergiants (@RPSupergiants). Cricket fans, teams, players, owners and journalists shared their reactions regarding the announcement and other highlights in real-time on Twitter as the 5th edition of the #IPLAuction took place on February 20th.
An amazing 230,000 Tweets related to #IPLAuction were sent in real-time over the one-day auction. Click on the interactive chart below to see the Twitter conversation flow and some of the top Tweets from the conversation on Twitter.
I think we are all set. Well done Team. https://t.co/QB3ebnAYks— Shah Rukh Khan ( @iamsrk) February 20, 2017
Welcome to Pune @benstokes38 first round is on you!— Steve Smith ( @stevesmith49) February 20, 2017
Pune Warriors bought Ben Stokes for 14.5 cr. Sahara spends big to buy big players, they got Gujarat CM for 25cr few years ago.— Rofl Gandhi ( @RoflGandhi_) February 20, 2017
@IPL live Tweeted the auction as it happened, lighting up the conversation in India. Click on the heatmap (provided by @Trendsmap) below to see the pulse of the #IPLAuction 2017 conversation on Twitter India.
The real-time experience of the #IPLAuction is taken to the next level as 11,000 viewers tuned in to watch Richard Madley share his live video broadcast on Periscope:
Meanwhile, Cricket fans reminisced MS Dhoni (@msdhoni) and his contributions as Captain:
The #IPLAuction might be over, but this is just the beginning of the action for #IPL2017. Follow Indian Premier League @IPL and all of your favourite teams on Twitter to get ready for the start of the season!
@TheGujaratLions - The Gujarat Lions
@RPSupergiants - Rising Pune Supergiants
@DelhiDaredevils - Delhi Daredevils
@KKRiders - Kolkata Knight Riders
@lionsdenkxip - Kings XI Punjab
@mipaltan - Mumbai Indians
@RCBTweets - Royal Challengers Bangalore
@SunRisers - SunRisers Hyderabad