Fans Mercilessly Troll RCB After SRH Breaks Highest IPL Total Record

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season has been a rollercoaster ride, filled with thrilling matches, record-breaking performances, and intense fan rivalries. One such incident that captured the attention of cricket enthusiasts was the clash between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), where SRH shattered RCB’s long-standing record for the highest team total in the IPL.

The Record-Breaking Innings

The stage was set at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, where SRH took on the might of Mumbai Indians (MI) in a high-octane encounter. After winning the toss, SRH captain Aiden Markram elected to bat first, and what followed was a batting masterclass that left the cricketing world in awe.The SRH openers, Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, came out all guns blazing, taking the MI bowlers to the cleaners.

Head’s blistering knock of 62 runs off just 24 balls set the tone, while Sharma matched his partner’s intensity with a scintillating 63 runs off 23 deliveries, smashing seven massive sixes along the way. 

As if the onslaught wasn’t enough, Markram (42 runs off 28 balls) and Heinrich Klaasen (80 runs off 34 balls) joined the party, contributing crucial runs to the mammoth total. By the end of their innings, SRH had amassed a staggering 277 runs, breaking RCB’s previous record of 263/5 against Pune Warriors in 2013. 

Fans Troll RCB

The record-breaking feat by SRH didn’t go unnoticed by the ever-vigilant RCB fans, who took to social media to express their disappointment and engage in some light-hearted banter. Twitter was abuzz with memes and jokes, as fans trolled RCB for losing their long-held record.

One fan hilariously tweeted, “RCB’s record was like their IPL trophy dreams – short-lived and easily shattered.” Another fan quipped, “SRH just did what RCB couldn’t – break records and win trophies.”The banter didn’t stop there, as fans continued to poke fun at RCB’s inability to win the coveted IPL trophy despite boasting a star-studded lineup. One fan jokingly suggested, “Maybe RCB should focus on breaking their trophy drought instead of worrying about records.”

RCB’s Witty Comeback

Amidst the trolling, RCB’s social media team didn’t shy away from joining the fun. In a hilarious response, they tweeted a picture of their captain, Virat Kohli, with the caption, “Ee Saala Cup Namde (The cup is ours this year),” a play on their famous slogan. 

The tweet was a nod to the infamous incident where Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had trolled RCB for winning the “Indian Poll League,” a fan-based tournament organized during the COVID-19 pandemic. CSK had tweeted, “Ee Saala Cup Umadey (The cup is yours this year),” poking fun at RCB’s inability to win the IPL trophy. 

The banter between fans and franchises didn’t stop there. Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag weighed in on the matter, blasting England’s Harry Brook for his “I shut up Indian fans” remark after his century against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). 

Sehwag criticized Brook for engaging with trolls, stating, “Why would you mess with trollers? Why should you even look at who are trolling you or criticising you or praising you? Your work is to come, work hard, perform and leave.”

The incident highlighted the intense fan culture surrounding the IPL, where banter and trolling have become an integral part of the experience. While some may view it as harmless fun, others argue that it can cross the line and become toxic.

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