IPL 2019: RCB is a great lineup but only on the paper, says Vijay Mallya
Once liquor baron and former RCB top honcho tweeted after RCB's despondent ousting from the IPL.
Updated - May 6, 2019 4:32 pm
When the IPL franchise for the Bengaluru city was been auctioned, liquor baron Vijay Mallya scooped up the opportunity and bought the team, naming it Royal Challengers Bangalore. He made the team the most with flair and style, even changing the team after their disastrous start in IPL 2008. The team made it to the finals the next year, and has done so two more times, but has never won the tournament.
RCB’s best year was 2016 when they were buoyed by Virat Kohli’s 973 runs. They barged into the finals, only to get bulldozed by the sturdy SRH team. The SRH unit after defeating RCB won their first IPL title. Since then, RCB has finished 8, 6 and 8 respectively in IPL 2017, 2018 and this season in 2019. Now though Vijay Mallya is a fraudster, who is living in London after gobbling up billions of rupees in bank loans and who is fighting extradition proceedings, he still cannot forget his love for RCB it seems.
Mallya tweets that he is devastated by RCB holding the wooden spoon once again
The RCB management removed Vijay Mallya from holding any position in the team and he also lost control of his F1 team, Force India, which the election directorate mentioned in their report for having being used to syphon off the money by Mallya. But it seems the once golden boy of the Indian liquor business, cannot forget his time in the limelight for the right reasons with the RCB team.
Virat Kohli sent a message to the Bangalore unit after their win in the final match of the IPL, against SRH at home, which read “Thank you guys for all the love & support — the entire team including the fans, the ground staff & the support staff! Promise to come back stronger next year.”
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Thank you guys for all the love & support – the entire team including the fans, the ground staff & the support staff! Promise to come back stronger next year. ನೀವು ಇಲ್ಲಾಂದ್ರೆ ನಾವು ಏನು ಅಲ್ಲಾ 🙏🏼 @royalchallengersbangalore #RCB #RCBBoldArmy #PlayBold
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Vijay Mallya couldn’t help himself from tweeting out the Instagram post with a comment of his own, writing, “Always a great line up but sadly on paper only. Devastated with the wooden spoon.”
Always a great line up but sadly on paper only. Devastated with the wooden spoon. https://t.co/6uYYbXJxVq
— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) May 5, 2019
Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their first six matches on a trot before winning their first game against KXIP and then lost a few more, before coming back to win a few more games but still finished last on the points table, with 5 wins from 14 matches and 11 points.