The biggest carnival in the sport of cricket is all set to get underway from tomorrow! The Indian Premier League 2020 will kickoff with a match between the biggest rivals in the tournament - Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Mumbai Indians (MI)! The IPL is considered to be the most popular and most watched Twenty 20 (T20) tournament in the whole world! This year's edition has been moved to the UAE, as the COVID spread is very high in India. The players have all been asked to remain inside their respective team's bio-bubbles for safety. Just as the tournament is about to start, the Royal Challengers Bangalore team has released an anthem for their fans!

However, the anthem has left more fans disappointed, rather than happy! The excessive use of Hindi words in the lyrics and complete lack of Kannada words have left the fans very unhappy! The old anthem got better response as there were far fewer Hindi and English words in it. Virat Kohli led RCB has been one of the most expected but underperforming teams in all the editions of the IPL, so far. However, they are gearing up for the 13th edition of the tournament with the hopes of winning their maiden title and their fans would also be rooting for the same. RCB's official Twitter handle tweeted the anthem's video link, stating "The Official RCB Anthem is here! And it's dedicated to the best fans in the world. Time to crank up the volume to the maximum, 12th Man Army." 

However, the response on social media has been dampening with a majority of the fans expressing outrage that ther has not been enough Kannada - the local language of Bengaluru, in the song. Some people had also tweeted that the team does not even have enough local players and now the anthem too doesn't have a local flavour. This outrage comes on the back of state-wide protests against the imposition of Hindi over the Kannada locals. Just recently, actors from Sandalwood - the Kannada film fraternity, expressed their protest against Hindi imposition by sporting t-shirts with slogans opposing the forcing of the Hindi language on them. A fan went to the extent of breaking down the RCB anthem into the number of words from each language and pointed out that it only has 2 Kannada words in a 2-minute long song while the entirety of the song is dominated by Hindi and English.

Check out the RCB anthem here: