Lucknow and Ahmedabad will be the two new franchises to be taking part in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 as they won the bidding last year in October. Sanjiv Goenka’s RPSG group had won the bid for the Lucknow franchise for a whopping prize of INR 7000 crores while the CVC Capitals won the bid for the Ahmedabad team.
Although the franchise names haven’t been picked up yet, the Twitter handle of the Lucknow team has already set in and has reached 20000 followers on their debut day. Lucknow IPL team announced their arrival on social media with @TeamLucknowIPL as their account name and they are expected to keep the fans entertained.
The inaugural IPL champions Rajasthan Royals (RR) who have been one of the most active Twitter handles had welcomed the Lucknow franchise with banter that has gone viral already. The Royals Twitter handle placed doubts on Lucknow’s Twitter account’s authenticity with them not having a verified tick mark.
The Lucknow franchise had started with a video post noting their entry officially with a tick mark. Immediately, the Rajasthan Royals franchise in a funny note replied to the Lucknow Twitter handle with the tweet of “Kahi yeh wrong number toh Nahi? which means “What if it’s a wrong number”. RR had already listed a set of targets for the new year in which they tried to pull the legs of Scott Styris too.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) January 3, 2022
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals Twitter admin posted a rib-tickling meme template from PK movie that teased the lack of a verified mark on Lucknow’s Twitter handle. The viral picture on their post read, “thappa kidhar hai dikhao?”. Meanwhile, Twitter verified the Lucknow franchise Twitter handle. “aa gaya thappa,” read Lucknow Team’s response while taking a jibe at RR Twitter admin.
— Official Lucknow IPL Team (@TeamLucknowIPL) January 4, 2022
There have been rumors of KL Rahul being the likely candidate to lead the Lucknow-based franchise. Lucknow has announced their head coach to be Andy Flower while Vijay Dahiya has been appointed as the assistant head coach. Former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir has been appointed as the mentor for the franchise and they do have a lot of options to pick from for their retentions now.