Bangalore, May 14: Indian Premier League is known to unveil something new to the fans. And this time it has come from one of the IPL teams, Royal Challengers Bangalore. RCB will be the first ever team to have players' twitter handles instead of their names at the back of their jerseys.
This innovation will be on view when RCB take the field at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium for their game against Mumbai Indians on Monday evening.
Earlier, we have seen players sporting their nick names on their back of the jerseys during Twenty20 games. Australians started this trend.
The 61st game of IPL 5 is also a “Green Game.” This is a part of RCB's green initiative. All RCB players will turn up in green jerseys and trousers.
Sidhartha Mallya, on Sunday, tweeted about his team's new look jerseys.
“We are also the first IPL team to put twitter handles on the back in place of player names...” Sidhartha (@sidharthamallya) tweeted along with a picture of his jersey bearing his twitter handle.
Sundar Raman, the CEO of IPL, welcomed RCB's move. He tweeted (@ramansundar): “Like @sidharthamallya idea of twitter handle as jersey names. That's surely a first in World sport.”
Though all RCB players are not regular on twitter, their explosive opener Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers are interacting on the micro-blogging site often.
India pacemen Zaheer Khan and R Vinay Kumar are also on twitter along with Australia left-arm fast bowler Dirk Nannes, who is yet to get a game this season.
Here is the list of few of RCB players with their twitter handles
Chris Gayle @henrygayle
AB de Villiers @ABdeVilliers17
Zaheer Khan @ImZaheer
Virat Kohli @imVkohli
R Vinay Kumar @Vinay_Kumar_R
Dirk Nannes @dirk_nannes
Andre McDonald @andrewmcdonald4
Luke Pomersbach @lukepomersbach7