Ray Blooms - RCB revelries follow after defeating KKR
RCB's players showed their lighter side in a comfortable evening celebration post their victory with KKR in Kolkata.
It was a happy sundown for the RCB team as they reached the hotel after defeating the Knight Riders. Some support staff tried to get a head start from the stadium in their cabs but on the way were overtaken by the ‘caravan’ of the two team buses and its security escort. Somehow they got their just before the team.
Ray Jennings was a happy man and his words some five days ago “We’ll surprise oppositions, just you wait and see” were coming true. His new avatar was to be seen in the party to follow.
It was a high-fiving session all the way as RCB was ushered into a separate entrance to the hotel. On the way, a few RCB supporters managed high fives with Mohammed Kaif, Asad Pathan and a “Well done” with Dan Vettori.
A Signature party was scheduled before which was a fashion show where some designers from Bangladesh showcased their range of fashion wear. Sid Mallya busied himself greeting and hugging his heroes who’d conquered a prestigious destination – Kolkata. His father Vijay Mallya came in team colours and seemed to enjoy the show.
Ray went around greeting all the cricketers. One got the feeling that he’d got the measure of his players and from now on, things could only get better. After that ‘excitement’ was over, he decided to go the unconventional way and stuck some flowers in his head and ears! Everybody was alive with laughter and excitement.
About the cricketers – Mithun, Arvind, Mayank and manager Avinash, logistics officer Rajeshwar formed a smiley fivesome for photographs and five minutes of Bangalore-style pleasantries before heading off to socialize with various quarters of the evening. Dilshan, Charl Langeveldt and a security officer also exchanged South African-style congratulations and then shoved their way into the elite crowd. Nobody seemed interested in dinner.
After a while, the cricketers were ushered into a private hall where some more known personalities joined them. There was also some light hearted humour, mostly with KKR executives looking at Chris Gayle and teasing him for pulling up a good performance against his former team.
As the music got louder, Virat as usual was the first to start gyrating. His position in the batting order may be number 3, but he’s unquestionably the opening dancer. “It’s in his blood,” as someone quickly added. Finally, the team retired for the night.
Chris Gayle could not make it to the fashion show but strode in a magnificent black collarless T shirt and light jeans to match the colour. He too took the cue from Virat and pedaled around the floor with some suave moves.
Three players would leave early in the morning for Delhi while the team would tow by an evening flight.