IPL 2022: Following an official statement over Sanju Samson’s tweet uproar, Rajasthan royals say it was all a prank


In a rather unexpected turn of events, the Rajasthan Royals (RR) released a cryptic video just one day after their official statement regarding the change in their social media approach in the wake of Sanju Samson’s tweet uproar on Saturday morning, in which they said that this is all part of the prank.

“This prank was incomplete without a fake audition. PS Unlucky @yuzi_chahal #RoyalsFamily | #HallaBol,” RR tweeted on Saturday.

Notably, Rajasthan Royals issued a statement on Friday saying the franchise will make changes to its approach to social media after skipper Sanju Samson went “professional”. The royals’ social media had shared an edited image of Samson on the bus. But he seemed unhappy with her approach and took to Twitter to express his disappointment at the hoax.

According to an official statement, the franchise had also posted a clip on Friday night. Various members of the RR squad including veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Jimmy Neesham, Jos Buttler, bowling coach Lasith Malinga and head coach Sangakkara starred in the clip. The 2008 champions posted the video with the caption, “One last time. PS: I love you @IamSanjuSamson.”

RR’s latest social media gimmick didn’t sit well with cricket fans, who were left at a loss as to what was actually happening. Fans have expressed their displeasure and criticized the franchise for pulling off a “not so fun” Frank just before the start of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

The Jaipur-based franchise has a revamped roster this season, but their recent social media prank (as they call it) has drawn harsh criticism from fans. Cricket fans have urged the franchise to focus on games on the field to avoid another Royals failure in the IPL.

Rajasthan are looking to win their first title since the inaugural edition in 2008 when they messed up the odds of winning the trophy under the late Shane Warne. Rajasthan Royals will open their IPL 2022 campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday (March 28) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune.

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