RCB supporters established a Guinness World Record for the most runs between wickets in one hour
With a convincing win over table-toppers Gujarat Titans, Royal Challengers Bangalore kept their playoff chances alive. Virat Kohli of the Royal Challengers Bangalore batted brilliantly, scoring 73 runs off 54 deliveries. The Wankhede stadium was taken over by RCB fans, who sang Kohli’s name throughout the venue.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore fans were equally outstanding off the field, setting a new Guinness World Record by scoring 823 runs between the wickets on a 22-yard pitch. The event, which brought together 187 RCB fans at Jayamahal Palace in Bengaluru, was arranged by the sportswear brand PUMA.
After being the first T20 squad to be ranked among the Top 10 most popular teams on social media, the tournament was held. Sports stars like sprinter Dutee Chand and hockey player Rupinder Pal Singh attended the ceremony.
“PUMA has always believed in connecting fans with sports culture by creating personalized experiential events for them. We are committed to engaging and serving our consumers in the best possible way. It was great to see cricket fans come in such a huge number to set this new world record. The atmosphere was quite electrifying, and we are glad to get fans on a single platform for this initiative,” said Abhishek Ganguly, Managing Director, PUMA India & Southeast Asia.
RCB fans have a special relationship with the team and are regarded as one of the most devoted fanbases in any sport, much alone cricket. “From the jersey to the stands, we always strive to bring our 12th-man army closer to the game,” stated Rajesh Menon, VP, and Head of RCB, who was also present to witness this milestone. “We’re excited to see our partner PUMA bring this mindset to life in Bengaluru on May 19th with a one-of-a-kind on-ground activation.”
Dutee Chand, India’s 100m record holder, began off the race by completing the first two runs while being supported by RCB fans, dubbed the “12th Man Army.”
“It was great to be part of this event. I never imagined such a record could be created on a cricket pitch. It was heart-warming to see so many fans unify for this sporting event,” said Dutee.
RCB would be hoping that Mumbai Indians can help them out by defeating Delhi Capitals. The Bangalore-based team hopes to win its first IPL championship and reward its loyal fans.