Virat Kohli has expressed concern over what has happened with Royal Challengers Bangalore's social media accounts. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
The Indian Premier League (IPL) will play it's 13th edition from March-end and it promises to be an action-packed tournament. This year's IPL assumes more importance as it is World T20 year and all Indian cricket team fans would be determined to see their favorite players put in their peak performance. Four-time champions Mumbai Indians will be determined to continue their dominance while MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings would be aiming to avoid their finals woes. Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore will be desperate to come out of the bottom and break their jinx in cliching the IPL title.
In the past, Royal Challengers Bangalore have often confounded fans by not putting up a great show in the IPL despite boasting some of the best cricketing players in the world in their side. The likes of Kohli and AB de Villiers make a solid opening pair while Chris Gayle cemented his reputation as the 'Universe Boss' in T20Is during his time with Royal Challengers Bangalore. Heading into the 13th edition of the IPL, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have once again confounded fans with their antics, this time on social media.
The franchise removed its display picture and cover picture from Facebook and Twitter. RCB also changed its name to "Royal Challengers." All the changes made on Twitter reflected on RCB's official Facebook and Instagram accounts. In fact, RCB completely wiped out its Insta page, reducing its posts to 0. However, after some time, they posted one image which said, "Sit tight. Be right back." The changes on social media had even skipper Virat Kohli baffled. On his Twitter account, he wrote, "Posts disappear and the captain isn’t informed. @rcbtweets, let me know if you need any help."
Posts disappear and the captain isn’t informed. ðŸ˜¨ @rcbtweets, let me know if you need any help.— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 13, 2020
Folks at @rcbtweets, what’s happened to our social media accounts? ðŸ˜³ Hope it’s just a strategy break. ðŸ¤Å¾ðŸÂ¼— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) February 12, 2020
Arey @rcbtweets, what googly is this? ðŸ¤” Where did your profile pic and Instagram posts go? ðŸ˜³— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 12, 2020
Many people speculated Royal Challengers Bangalore's social media was hacked. (Image credit: Getty Images)
The activities by Royal Challengers Bangalore on social media have baffled fans and have also resulted in trolling. One RCB fan remarked, "12 seasons are way too long for downloading the trophy." A lot of people were saying that Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore are planning a big surprise. Others were quick to point out that Kohli-led team may be getting a last-minute makeover, with a new avatar and name while some speculated that Royal Challengers Bangalore's account was hacked. Teammates Yuzvendra Chahal and AB De Villiers soon followed Kohli's suit.
Ipl title : pic.twitter.com/Jn29oXVak1— Prashanth (@prashanth___) February 13, 2020
Chahal remarked that what kind of googly is this while AB de Villiers also expressed concern as to whether the account was hacked or not. Royal Challengers Bangalore and India captain Virat Kohli on Friday said he was happy with the kind of players picked by his franchise during the IPL auction and looking to enjoy "the best form of cricket by playing bold".
During the IPL auction held in Kolkata on Thursday, RCB bought eight players, including the likes of Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Kane Richardson and Dale Steyn. "I am very happy with the players that we have selected and really looking forward to the new season. We’ve had a lot of discussions on the structure and balance of the team and this looks like a good start for us," Kohli said. "I believe it all comes down to every individual to give out their best performance during the league and to enjoy the best form of cricket by playing bold," he added.
RCB's Director of Cricket Operations Mike Hesson said the plan of the franchise in the auction was to look at players that will combine well with the retained squad. "We want a squad that can have balance and adapt to any conditions both at home and away. To pick players who help us maximise our budget judiciously took a thoughtful approach."