In a first-of-its-kind election, cricket fans have cast their votes in Star Sportsa�� IPLA�Election Se SelectionA�campaign, electing their choicest players to play this season.
The online voting contest which began on 15thA�January 2018 received an impressive response from fans across India. The pool of players, for the fans to choose from, included two categories a�� 30 Star Players and 20 Uncapped Players. Voting closed on 25thA�Januar 2018.
Who have the IPL Fans Voted for?
A�Among theA�Star PlayersA�category,A�Brendon McCullumA�was the top choice forA�Chennai Super Kings (26%)A�andA�Rajasthan Royals fans (46%).A�Ajinkya Rahane, who played for Rising Pune Supergiants team in Season 10, emerged as the top choice forA�Delhi Daredevils (41%)A�andA�Kings XI Punjab fans (22%).
Ben StokesA�emerged as the most favorite, voted in by fans for 7 out of 8 teams. Royal Challenger Bengaluru fans, on the other hand, voted forA�Chris GayleA�to return to the team in this season of the league.
In theA�Uncapped PlayersA�category,A�Krunal PandyaA�emerged as the top choice forA�Mumbai Indians (49%)A�andA�Royal Challengers BangaloreA�(27%).A�Basil ThampiA�emerged as the leading choice of fans from 7 out of 8 teams.A�Avesh KhanA�garnered top votes from fans forA�Delhi Daredevils (38%)A�andA�Rajasthan Royals (53%).
- CSK fansA�were the most active franchise followed by Mumbai Indians & RCB
- Ben StokesA�&A�Basil ThampiA�made their mark as favorites, being elected by fans in the top 3 across 7 franchises in their respective categories
With just a day to go for the much-awaited VIVO IPL 2018 Player Auction, the first glimpse of popular players can be seen in the fan selections. It remains to be seen whether these players will make it to the final teams that will be built during the auction. Catch all the live action of theA�VIVO IPL 2018A�Player Auction onA�27thA�& 28thA�January, 9 am onwardsA�on the Star Sports network and Hotstar.