Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) former co-owner Vijay Mallya might not be associated with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise anymore but he has made to remain updated about the team. In 2016, he had resigned as chairman and non-executive director of Royal Challengers Sports Private Limited (RCSPL) who run the franchise.
Representing the UB Group as Chairman in 2008, Vijay Mallya had successfully bid for the Bangalore-based team at $ 111.6 million for ten years (2008-2017). He was regularly seen in the stadium cheering for Royal Challengers Bangalore before he fled to the UK amid attempts by banks to reclaim 9,000 crore.
He was last seen in action for the franchise in the 2016 auction when Royal Challengers Bangalore splashed a heavy amount of INR 9.5 crore to buy Shane Watson. But the end of association with the franchise has not stopped Vijay Mallya from keeping tabs on the franchise and he proved it once again on Saturday.
The ex-co-owner of the franchise took to Twitter to react to the latest development that has been going on in the team. On Friday, Royal Challengers Bangalore revealed their new jersey, new logo and also announced the tying up with new head sponsor, Muthoot Fincorp ahead of IPL 2020.
The new unveiling started with the logo. After sending the fans into frenzy by removing their profile pictures from social media platforms, the Royal Challengers revealed the new logo which features a lion. The franchise said it “embodies the bold and fearless attitude” of the 3-time finalists. Towards the evening, Royal Challengers Bangalore unfurled their new jersey as well.
And towards the end of the day, they posted a clip with the caption: “A new chapter begins #PlayBold #NewDecadeNewRCB”. The clip covered the franchise’s journey in the IPL so far and Vijay Mallya replied to this tweet. He was all praise for the franchise’s decision to start afresh but was quick to remind them of the ultimate aim.
Asking the franchise to win the IPL trophy, he tweeted: “Great…but win the trophy !”
Great…but win the trophy !
— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) February 15, 2020