In the dynamic world of cricket, loyalty often takes unexpected turns and comes into question. England’s star cricketer Kate Cross recently found herself caught up in a similar situation when she expressed her love for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise.
A die-hard fan of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Kate recently sent shockwaves through the cricketing community when she donned the RCB jersey after being bought for INR 30 lakh at the Women’s Premier League 2024 auction in Mumbai on December 9.
Known for her unwavering love for the CSK franchise, Kate has become a beloved figure among the Yellow Army over the years. Her vocal support and enthusiasm for CSK have earned her a special place in the hearts of fans. However, her allegiance to the team was playfully questioned when she made a surprising move to RCB.
The banter began on social media when England’s former cricketer turned commentator, Alexandra Hartley, took to Twitter to welcome Kate to RCB.
“CROSSY TO RCB!!!!! Welcome home @katecross16 @RCBTweets,” Alexandra tweeted with excitement.
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Kate’s heartwarming response and reassurance to CSK fans
In response, Kate shared an old picture of herself wearing the RCB jersey and cheekily wrote, “Always had a soft spot for @RCBTweets, Al” accompanied by a wink emoji.
This light-hearted exchange caused a stir among IPL fans, especially those loyal to CSK. A wave of emotions swept through the supporters as they grappled with the idea of Kate, the CSK fangirl, donning the colours of a rival team. However, Kate quickly doused the flames of uncertainty with a heartwarming post, reassuring her allegiance to CSK and wrote, “PS. Still @ChennaiIPL” with a yellow heart, leaving no room for doubt about where her true loyalty lies.
Ps. Still @ChennaiIPL 💛
— Kate Cross (@katecross16) December 9, 2023
Outpouring of love for Kate and CSK
The sweet gesture from the CSK fangirl didn’t go unnoticed, and her tweet was met with an outpouring of love from fans across the cricketing spectrum. The post garnered over 2400 retweets, a testament to the affection fans hold for Kate and the CSK franchise. CSK’s official handle also responded to Kate’s post by commenting “Always” with a lion and yellow heart emoji.
*Always 🦁💛 pic.twitter.com/Vjh59hwcue
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) December 9, 2023
Kate’s cricketing credentials: A player to watch
For those unfamiliar with Kate Cross’s journey, her initial snub during the inaugural Women’s Premier League didn’t deter her passion for the game. Undeterred, she joined the league as a commentator, showcasing her deep knowledge and understanding of the sport. Now, her inclusion as a player for RCB adds an intriguing twist to the WPL, making her a player to watch in the upcoming season.
As far as Kate’s career is concerned, she brings a wealth of experience to the table with 16 T20Is under her belt, boasting 11 wickets. Her impressive record extends to ODIs and Tests, where she has accumulated 79 and 24 wickets, respectively. Beyond the WPL, Kate is a seasoned campaigner in the Women’s Big Bash League and The Hundred Women, making her a valuable asset to any team.
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This article was first published at WomenCricket.com, a Cricket Times company.
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