The tweet, which was later deleted showed Samson sitting on the team bus with a towel wrapped around his head. The caption read: ‘Kya khoob lagti ho’, with a smiley face emoticon.
(A screengrab of the deleted tweet)
Samson subsequently put out a tweet himself and appeared to be quite miffed with the post. His post read: ‘Its ok for friends to do all this but teams should be professional’.
Its ok for friends to do all this but teams should be professional..@rajasthanroyals https://t.co/X2iPXl7oQu
— Sanju Samson (@IamSanjuSamson) 1648204194000
The Royals then publicly announced that they have sacked their social media team after receiving a complaint from Samson for the tweet which was in bad taste.
A video of several members of the RR franchise, including Jos Buttler, R Ashwin,Lasith Malinga and Kumar Sangakkara among others criticising the social media team of the franchise was then put up. The video seemed to suggest that this was the last post by the outgoing social media team of the Royals.
One last time. PS: Love you, @IamSanjuSamson. 💗 https://t.co/vvYalpFPKI
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) 1648224566000
But on Friday morning, the entire episode turned out to be a publicity stunt as the franchise revealed that the firing of the social media team on Friday evening was nothing but a prank.
The fans, many of whom were disappointed with the sacking of the social media team, lambasted Samson on Friday for not being able to take a joke.
And as soon as the Royals on Saturday revealed that the entire episode was just a prank, the fans quickly realised that it was just a publicity stunt and nothing more.
This prank was incomplete without a fake audition. 😂P.S. Tough luck, @yuzi_chahal 👀#RoyalsFamily | #HallaBol https://t.co/aM3cWJqucv
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) 1648265400000
Several fans once again criticised the franchise for taking things too far in the name of a joke.
In today’s day and age of social media when serious news is disseminated on various platforms, for a franchise to do something like this is in bad taste. Social media handles of all teams are followed by millions for authentic news and updates.
This exercise, very clearly done to get more social engagement numbers, has now put the Rajasthan Royals franchise in serious risk of never being taken seriously again by their fans on their social media platforms. At least in the near future. The furore is understandable.
Any team update now by the franchise might be viewed with suspicion.
#RajasthanRoyals are showing why they are known as clowns in ipl 🤡🤡🤡…what a cringe stunt to gain attention….you… https://t.co/sbuN4NiwcX
— tomy (@kernel7812) 1648268502000
The amount of hatred Sanju Samson took on his chest was all for this? Focus on cricket, @rajasthanroyals. Not cool mate. 🤦🏻
— Zéus 🔴 (@SpaMonza16) 1648270971000
@rajasthanroyals @yuzi_chahal You lost all my respect today. You deserve 8th place.
— Deepak Goyal 🇮🇳 (@tgifuriouspanda) 1648270967000
@rajasthanroyals @yuzi_chahal Sab milke pagal bana rahe the. Pranks hi khelo sab 😂
— Shrutika Gaekwad (@Shrutika_45_) 1648266672000
@rajasthanroyals @yuzi_chahal RR fans watching this drama https://t.co/gyJqCgahoQ
— Aditi. (@Sassy_Soul_) 1648268084000
@rajasthanroyals Admin aaj tumhare is jhoot k chakkar me maine sach me khana nhi khaya 😪💔 Sharam nhi ati 💔
— 𝓡.🦋 (@IngeniousHer) 1648237208000
@rajasthanroyals @yuzi_chahal https://t.co/OOFSTIb3nE
— Shivani (@meme_ki_diwani) 1648271428000
@rajasthanroyals @yuzi_chahal Trophy jeeti ni jati , prank karwa in se …😑😑 https://t.co/3dPEtRziGJ
— vivek 🇺🇦 (@mozzaartt) 1648266093000
@rajasthanroyals @yuzi_chahal 😤😤😤😤Hahaha but chalo good to know it was prank 🤣🤣Keeping team mood light ahead of g… https://t.co/CY26mmDVU5
— Pranjal Jani (@Pranjal_97_) 1648266614000
@rajasthanroyals @yuzi_chahal Me after knowing that RR admin is not fired https://t.co/DVgaXM0IXF
— Innocent Child (@bholaladkaa) 1648265520000
@rajasthanroyals @yuzi_chahal Cricket …Wircket kheloge? Ye Reels hi banane ka Plan hai?😂😂😂😂😂😂
— Mohd Danish (@Imdanish56) 1648269054000
@rajasthanroyals @yuzi_chahal Admin iss tarike ke prank mat Kia Karo bahut hate milti hai yaar
— Rockstar MK (@RockstarMK11) 1648265601000
@rajasthanroyals @yuzi_chahal Here to play cricket or play pranks? Woh bhi itne unfunny :/
— The Curry Muncher (@Paprikaashh) 1648267852000
@rajasthanroyals @yuzi_chahal इससे अच्छा अगर आईपीएल मै करते तो एक आईपीएल ट्रॉफी और होती आपके पास😠 https://t.co/aDMdHWYsjD
— Aryan sharma (@iAryan_Sharma) 1648266077000
@rajasthanroyals @yuzi_chahal Diehard RR fans , who are expecting a splendid performance on the field this season b… https://t.co/2Djpt5Ngzt
— Ankit Anand (@iamankitanands) 1648268332000
@rajasthanroyals @yuzi_chahal Itna dhyan khelne pe dete to ye nhi krna padta 👎👎
— Yamini Somvanshi (@SomvanshiYamini) 1648267607000
The inaugural champions Royals take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their tournament opener on Tuesday.