I’d like to try to replicate what Virat Kohli has done for RCB: Smriti Mandhana. The Royal Challengers Bangalore will be led by Smriti Mandhana in the first WPL.
Team India vice-captain Smriti Mandhana has spoken out about her plans to participate in the first Women’s Premier League 2023 (WPL), as well as her similarities to former India and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli.
RCB will begin their WPL season against Delhi Capitals at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium. Smriti Mandhana will captain the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament’s inaugural edition, which begins on Saturday, March 4th.
Surprisingly, RCB Smriti Mandhana and Virat Kohli have three things in common with their respective T20 league clubs. Both play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, both have held the franchise captaincy at some point, and both wear No.18 on their jerseys.
“I dislike such comparisons because what he (Kohli) has accomplished is incredible. I simply hope I can get there, but I’m not there yet. What he has accomplished for this franchise RCB. I would like to strive to replicate “The 26-year-old said this to media before of the RCB vs. DC match.
The dynamic opening left-handed batsman stated unequivocally that he does not want to be continually compared to Virat Kohli. She stated that she greatly liked and admired Virat Kohli and that what the 34-year-old had accomplished for RCB was something she would strive to replicate. Yet, she feels that her accomplishments should not be compared to Virat’s. She also mentioned that she wanted to build a reputation for herself while still doing everything she could for RCB.
The first WPL game was a watershed occasion for all of us: Smriti Mandhana
Mandhana went on to say that the WPL was something that had been long anticipated, and that it still felt weird that it is now occurring. She feels that the WPL should be viewed as a competition in which players from all around the globe come together on a same platform and support one another.
“Yes, it’s obviously a huge time for all of us, especially the abroad (players), because it’s the first WPL match. We’ve all been on teams that have had to perform under duress. One thing we always say is that we have to go enjoy ourselves and have each other’s backs.”