Royal Challengers Bangalore was initially owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya and was instrumental in signing ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle. The West Indian opener was sensational for RCB over the years in the Indian Premier League, who inducted him into their Hall of Fame along with former South African batter AB de Villiers.
Social media couldn’t keep calm when Mallya met his former protégé Gayle and posted a photo on his Twitter handle. “Great to catch up with my good friend Christopher Henry Gayle @henrygayle, the Universe Boss. Super friendship since I hired him for RCB. Best player acquisition ever,” Mallya wrote on Twitter.
Great to catch up with my good friend Christopher Henry Gayle [?]@henrygayle[?] , the Universe Boss. Super friendship since I hired him for RCB. Best asset of a player ever. pic.twitter.com/X5Ny9d6n6t— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) June 22, 2022
Gayle joined RCB in 2011 and played for the franchise until 2017. He dominated the league during his time with the RCB, hitting 3420 runs in 91 games with an average of 43.29 and a strike rate of 154.40, including 21 50s and 5 Centuries. He also hit the sensational 175 while playing for RCB, which is the highest individual score in the history of the tournament.
This is how social media reacted…
Paisa kab dega tu ? Tu mere se 2 rupiya udhaar liya thaa yaad hain jab tu vague gaya tha taab main tujhko 2 rupiya wala ek biscuit diya tha paisa de de — Sandy (@Sayantanrt) June 22, 2022
Ghar Aaja Pardesi tujh ko desh bulaye re
Chor+bhagoha+darpok+dakaet= Vijay malya
Gayle kala h par istime mujhe gora lag raha h
Tene kale kaarnamo ki wajah se — Syed Qasim raza rizvi (@0851741e741a429) June 22, 2022
The ‘Universe Boss’ had also recently met another former team owner – Preity Zinta – in the United States. Mallya, chairman of the now-closed Kingfisher Airlines, which was to be extradited by the British judiciary in 2019, has yet to be sent to India.
India and the UK had signed an extradition treaty in 1992. This was ratified the following year and has been in effect ever since. Yet only two people – one of them voluntarily – have been returned to India.
Mallya is wanted in India for fraud and money laundering and remains on bail in the UK while a “confidential” legal process is completed. Although his extradition to India was ordered by the British government in February 2019, Mallya opted for several legal avenues to challenge the order in British courts. He is reportedly relying on an application for political asylum in the UK.