IPL 2022: Why do Rajasthan Royals players wear black lungi?
Rajasthan Royals are led by Sanju Samson, who is from Kerala
The Jaipur-based franchise is currently placed third on the points table
Rajasthan Royals wore lungi on Sunday as they left for Pune for their next game
Rajasthan Royals on Sunday celebrated their great performance in IPL 2022 in new attire – wearing lungis. The team’s Twitter handle posted a video of cricketers wearing black lungis and pink T-shirts. RR are now third on the points table with five wins and two losses.
So, now comes to the question - why do the Jaipur based Rajasthan Royal wear lungis?
RR are now Kerala’s favourite team. The team is led by Kerala’s son of soil Sanju Samson. The Pink Army has the full support of Kerala in the ongoing season of the T20 league. There are three Malayalis (people from Kerala) in the Rajasthan team. The parents of Devdutt Padikkal and Karun Nair hail from Kerala, although the two cricketers have spent much of their lives and learnt their cricket in Bangalore. Moreover, they represent Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament.
But they hopefully still speak Malayalam at home. That is good enough. Three Keralites in a team is more than what Malayalis can dream of. So they have taken the Rajasthan Royals to heart.
The franchise seems to have embraced the love from Kerala. On Sunday, the Rajasthan Royals’ cricketers were clad in lungis (a popular attire in Kerala) as they left Mumbai for Pune to play their next game at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
In photos and videos posted on Twitter and Instagram, Rajasthan Royals players were clad in black lungis, although some seem to struggle with it. Samson didn’t have much hesitance sporting a lungi as he led the lungi-brigade in a post that said: “Wassap Machan”.
Jos Buttler looked elegant in a lungi as he posed with Samson in a post that read: “Adipoli Buttler Chettan”. That loosely translates into “Stunning Buttler Bro”. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal also posted a photo with Buttler, captioning it: “Just like Jai-Veeru (characters from the hit Bollywood movie, Sholay)."