The IPL auction for 2022 may still be a few weeks away but netizens have begun giving grief to Mumbai Indians owner Mukesh Ambani after it emerged that Ratan Tata-led Tata Group had replaced Vivo to sponsor the cricket tournament. The news of Tata sponsoring this year’s IPL has led to a meme fest on Twitter as netizens poked fun at Mukesh Ambani using hilarious memes.
The Tata Group will be the title sponsor of the IPL for the next two seasons. The decision to award the title sponsor rights to the Tatas in place of Vivo was taken at the Governing Council meeting of the IPL on 11 January.
Cricket enthusiasts used the opportunity to take a dig at Mukesh Ambani saying that Ratan Tata had beaten him by securing the title sponsorship of the entire IPL, while India’s richest businessman could only own a team.
— कलάɳƙ (@kalAnkit_life) January 11, 2022
— KARAN RAWAT (@Dal_baati) January 12, 2022
Mukesh Ambani : I run Mumbai Indians
Ratan Tata : I Run the Ipl this year ???? pic.twitter.com/SH3M00y4Am
— Metro Talkies (@TalkiesMetro) January 11, 2022
Meanwhile, it has also emerged that this year’s IPL auction will take place in Bengaluru on 12 and 13 February.
The forthcoming edition of the IPL will see two new teams from Lucknow and Ahmedabad, making it a 10-team competition. Last year, the Indian cricket board had added two new IPL teams after Lucknow and Ahmedabad were sold for more than Rs. 12,000 crores.
CVC Capital had clinched the Ahmedabad franchise with an over Rs 5,000 crore bid, while Sanjiv Goenka-owned RPSG group won the ownership for the Lucknow franchise with an over Rs 7,000 crore bid.
Mukesh Ambani’s Mumbai Indians are the most successful IPL team and have won the title on a record five occasions. Nita Ambani, her son Akash and daughter-in-law Shloka are often seen cheering the team on the ground.