The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is all set to resume their impressive run in the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE. RCB will play their first game of the second leg against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Abu Dhabi on 20th September. The men in red will continue their decade long quest for an IPL title as they look to finish in the top two of the table.
To begin their campaign in the second phase of the 14th edition, Virat Kohli & Co will don a blue jersey to pay tribute to the frontline workers for their selfless contribution to society during the pandemic. The franchise took to Twitter to share a video as they broke the news.
“We as a franchise over the past week have had focused discussions on how we can help at the ground level and assist front line workers in these dire times. RCB has identified key areas in which immediate help is required in health care infrastructure related to oxygen support and will be making a financial contribution in this regard to support this work.“
“Instead of our flagship Go Green Match initiative this season. RCB is going to be sporting a special blue jersey in one of the upcoming matches with key messaging on our match kits to show solidarity and support to our frontline workers,” Kohli was seen saying in the video.
RCB’s blue kit to sport social messages
Every season RCB has sported a green jersey, as part of their flagship ‘Go Green’ campaign, to support environmental conservation. This season, the team will wear a blue jersey as it resembles the colour of the PPE kits. The move is to “to pay tribute to their invaluable service while leading the fight against the Covid pandemic.”
“Over the years, you’ve seen us wear the green jersey for a special environmental cause. But this year we’ll be sporting blue jerseys matching the colour of the PPE kits that the frontline warriors have been wearing throughout the pandemic,” AB de Villiers shares.
“We are honoured to wear the blue kit for our first match in the UAE this year as a tribute to all the hard work put in by the frontline heroes in the fight against the pandemic,” Harshal Patel added.
“Let’s take up the responsibility to keep India safe. Don’t let your guard down. Follow all the guidelines provided by the government and the health authorities. It is one team, one fight against this pandemic and together we can,” Devdutt Paddikal asserted in the conclusion of the video shared by the franchise.
RCB had a promising run in the first half of the tournament. The Kohli led side won 5 out of their first 7 games and are currently placed third on the table. Having made a strong start to the season, the men in red and black will be looking to capitalise on it and get their hands on their maiden title.