Mumbai: Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were in talks of a sponsorship deal worth Rs 11 crore with Goibibo.com. However, the deal soon fell off as RCB failed to meet the requirements of India’s fastest growing website.
It is learnt that the decision was taken after RCB and India skipper Virat Kohli turned down shooting a commercial opposite Deepika Padukone, according to InsideSport. And since the United Spirits-owned franchise could not provide their deal partner with the presence of Kohli, the deal had to be called off.
The Delhi batsman had no issues sharing the screen with the Bollywood actress but RCB inserted a clause in his contract which stated he couldn't share commercial space with other celebrities.
A close RCB source said Kohli had nothing to do with RCB’s cancellation of the deal, “There is no such thing. We have got a better offer. So we have decided to go with that.”
Earlier, during the IPL 2018 player retention event in January, RCB shipped a whopping Rs 17 crore to retain the services of Virat Kohli for the upcoming season. That saw him become the most expensive player in the history of the cash-rich league.