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‘Hope this Helps Win IPL’: Vijay Mallya Takes a Dig at RCB’s New Bar-Cafe and Logo

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Friday unveiled their new logo and jersey ahead of the upcoming season of the cash-rich league. After launching their new logo and rebranded jersey, RCB further announced the launch of a new ‘RCB Bar & Cafe’ where the fans can hang out with fellow supporters and players. While the RCB loyalist was extremely excited by the announcement, a surprise comment came in as former chairman and non-executive director of Royal Challengers Sports Private Limited (RCSPL), Vijay Mallya replied to RCB’s tweet. Not only on a single post but Mallya replied to a series of tweets and it seems the former owner of the franchise may have taken a sly dig on RCB’s trophy drought in IPL.

“A new chapter begins,” tweeted RCB while sharing a clip of their journey since the start of IPL. Mallya replied to the tweet saying, “Great…but win the trophy!”

This was not the only dig either. Reacting to the new logo, Mallya took to Twitter and wrote: “Great…but win the trophy!”

In fact, he went on to speak on how skipper Virat Kohli should be given the freedom to guide the side to a title as the fans want to see the team bring the trophy home.

“Virat came to RCB from the India U 19 squad. Virat has led India to great success and has been an outstanding performer himself. Leave it to him and give him the freedom. All RCB fans want that long overdue IPL trophy,” he wrote.

The new RCB logo design balances the simplicity and ‘iconicity’ of the lion to create the next chapter for one of India’s most iconic sports team.

The Bengaluru-based franchise, who have not been able to win IPL since its inception in 2008, on Wednesday had changed the name of their official Twitter handle raising a few eyebrows. The account removed its display picture and cover picture while the name was changed to just ‘Royal Challengers’.

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