Banned from IPL, but CSK, RR go­ing strong on Twit­ter

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Somshu­vra Laha let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

BAN­GA­LORE: Chen­nai Su­per Kings and Ra­jasthan Roy­als are out of sight this IPL but they are not out of mind, not at least in the so­cial world. De­spite the teams be­ing dis­banded, their of­fi­cial Twit­ter han­dles have con­tin­ued to drum up sup­port for their for­mer play­ers who have joined other teams this sea­son. From post­ing group pho­tos of the play­ers in their new team shirts to go­ing down mem­ory lane and con­grat­u­lat­ing Ravin­dra Jadeja on his wed­ding, these two Twit­ter pages have held on to their past tightly. Both teams com­mand a huge base on Twit­ter, with Ra­jasthan Roy­als hav­ing 759,000 fol­low­ers while Chen­nai Su­per Kings have a whop­ping 2.16 mil­lion fol­low­ers. And it’s not just the sup­port­ers who have kept the teams alive in the vir­tual world but also play­ers like Dwayne Bravo who has been open about his sen­ti­ments for his for­mer team. The out­pour of emo­tion started with the April 14 game be­tween Gu­jarat Lions and Ris­ing Pune Su­per­giants in Ra­jkot. The CSK Twit­ter han­dle la­beled the game as a ‘CSK derby be­tween Thala (MS Dhoni), He­li­copters, Car­rom Balls, Fa­fu­lous Catches and Chinna Thala (Suresh Raina), Sir (Jadeja), Bravo’s dance and Baz and Smith’s Blis­ter­ing Open­ing.

But the nos­tal­gia didn’t end there. Pic­tures of for­mer play­ers of CSK and RR tak­ing group pho­tos found their way to both the team’s Twit­ter pages. On CSK’s han­dle the pic­ture came out with the one-liner ‘The Fam­ily Re­union! #whistle­podu #sigh’.

While Ra­jasthan Roy­als have tweeted far less than Chen­nai Su­per Kings since that ‘re­union’ match the mes­sage from both pages are sim­i­lar — their play­ers might have left them but they are still Roy­als and Su­per Kings to these banned teams. The pic­tures and tweets are clear in­di­ca­tion that de­spite be­ing dis­banded, the team has been work­ing at some level to keep its mem­o­ries alive. Af­ter all, both CSK and RR are sup­posed to come back in the 2018 IPL af­ter serv­ing out their two-year bans.

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