Royal Challengers Bangalore is a team from the Indian Premier League (IPL). It is the most popular team among the other franchises. Indian Premier League (IPL) is a cricket tournament that is conducted in India every year. Popular cricketers from around the world join together in different teams to play the tournament which extends over a month. At the end of the tournament, the winning team receives a trophy. The IPL usually consists of eight teams. This year differently there were two more new teams that joined the club.
The ten teams that played this year’s IPL were Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings. Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders along with the two new teams this year Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants. This year’s IPL trophy was won by Gujarat Titans in their debut series. Few other teams that have won the IPL trophy over the years are Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. However Royal Challengers Bangalore hasn’t won a single trophy so far. But they are the most sought after team throughout the seasons.
Craze for the Team
Royal Challengers Bangalore are popular as RCB. They have a great number of fans not only in Bangalore, but throughout the world. They also have the highest number of subscribers to their youtube channel of over 3.32M compared to other teams. The RCB fans are known to be very loyal. Though the team never manages to win a trophy, their fans support them just like always every season. Multiple memes and jokes are made on the team whenever they lose or spot a funny moment on the ground. But fans take all of this very sportively.
“The reason I love RCB is because I am a Bangalorean and a fan of Virat Kohli”An RCB Fan
The credits behind the craze for RCB, like the fan says can be given to the love for cricket and Virat Kohli, who has a huge fan base that extends from Indian cricket to IPL. The fans also support RCB whether they win a match or lose. A popular slogan for RCB is “Ee Sala Cup Namde”, which means ‘this time the cup is ours’ in Kannada. Fans celebrate this slogan every year. Apart from the cricketers who keep the fans hooked to their game, the technical team is a major part of the fan base. They constantly try entertaining their fans through their instagram and facebook handles.
RCB official social media pages show videos of the team in the dressing room before and after the match. They also share pictures and videos of players in their breaks. Danish Sait, a comedian from Bangalore indulges in some funny content like parody press as part of their social media engagements. The Royal Challengers also have an official app to watch training sessions live and conduct contests. RCB Bar and Café, founded by the owners of the franchise is located on Church Street in Bangalore and is the place for RCB’s official dealings since last year.
Emotion behind the royal challengers
Fans treat RCB as an emotion more than just a cricket team. Virat Kohli, the ex captain of RCB, resigned his post last year after 10 years. He still continues to play for the city. This year 2022, was an amazing season for the royal challengers as they reached till the semi-finals only to lose to the Rajasthan Royals. They were also 4th among the 10 teams this IPL. The craze for RCB is so huge that even in a match between Mumbai and Delhi, fans were seen cheering for RCB. The team has a fantastic reach and a lot of love from their fans. The day RCB lifts their first trophy, the celebration around the world will be huge. This year they reached the semi-final and maybe next year they’ll lift the cup but until then the cheers go on….. RCB, RCB, RCB!
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