The absence of IPL has forced fans and cricketers to be at their innovative best and understanding the seriousness of the current scenario due to the coronavirus pandemic they have responded decently till now. IPL cricketers have consistently been having some conversations with their fans on Instagram Live sessions and have tried their best to fill the void of no live matches. The online banter has also continued although a fixed date for IPL is yet to be decided.
IPL franchises have also given it all to maintain their fan following. Regular pictures, videos, and memes have been shared online by them but Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) held an entirely new ‘league’ altogether.
‘Indian Poll League’, a 55-day league organized by RCB was based on fan votes, matches were held and winners were being decided by the number of fan votes. Playoff stage, eliminators, qualifiers all were part of it. RCB overcame its dry run in this league and defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the final to claim the title in the ‘inaugural’ season.
#SRH edge out #DC in one of the closest battles of the #IndianPollLeague with 5️⃣1️⃣% votes to book their place in the final against #RCB! 👏🏻 👏🏻 #PlayBold #InAParallelUniverse #ipl pic.twitter.com/Y6nHskkBrT
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) May 23, 2020
Tweeting about the same, RCB wrote: “A big thank you to everyone who made RCB the champions of the #IndianPollLeague by voting consistently, every day for the last 55 days. In the final, #RCB beat #SRH with an incredible 85% of the votes!”
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 25, 2020
Three-time IPL champions and RCB’s old nemesis Chennai Super Kings (CSK) took the opportunity to brutally troll the ‘Indian Poll League’ winners. ‘Ee Sala Cup Namde’ which means ‘the cup is ours this team’ is the slogan of RCB and CSK tweaked with the slogan to use it in its own style.
CSK shared actor Rajinikanth’s image with the words — ‘Ee Saala Cup Umadey’ or ‘the cup is yours this year’ written on it.
Notably, RCB can be termed as one of the most unsuccessful teams in the history of IPL and have failed team wins the title despite having stalwart players like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in their squad.
On the other hand, CSK has been the second-most successful IPL team after Mumbai Indians and has won 3 titles to date.