Ahead of the high-stakes encounter between Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday (May 18), Bollywood celebrities have declared their allegiances, with the heartthrob rivalry between MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli spilling over into the stands.

In a promotional video by Star Sports, several A-listers were asked to pick their favorite between the two cricketing icons. The results were a mix of nostalgia and youthful exuberance.

Janhvi Kapoor and Rashmika Mandanna support the RCB stalwart

The younger generation of Bollywood stars to favoured the fiery Virat. Janhvi Kapoor, a rising star and a self-proclaimed RCB fan, didn’t hesitate to pick Kohli, while Rashmika Mandanna echoed her sentiments.

“Virat Sir…he is a swagger,” she said.

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Dhoni’s calm demeanor wins Over Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, known for their chemistry on the silver screen, chose the enigmatic Dhoni, citing his composed and ‘peaceful’ persona as a major factor.

A star-studded divided house

Other celebrities like Rajkummar Rao and Samantha Ruth Prabhu also declared their allegiance to Dhoni, showcasing the deep respect the former Indian captain commands. Interestingly, Sara Ali Khan and Vijay Deverakonda joined Janhvi and Rashmika in backing the ex-RCB skipper.

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RCB vs CSK: A match with high stakes

The upcoming match holds immense significance for both teams. RCB needs a win, preferably by a significant margin, to secure a playoff berth. CSK, on the other hand, are also in the playoff hunt and a win would guarantee their place in the top four, irrespective of Net Run Rate (NRR).

With passionate Bollywood stars backing their respective teams, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru is set to witness a thrilling encounter not just on the field, but also in the stands.

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